Construction Worker Accidents
Perazzo Law Firm Serves Construction Worker Accident Claims for Compensation in Miami
Private and Public spending invests heavily on construction, be it to build roadways, housing, sports venues, restaurants, entertainment centers, etc.. Whenever there is a construction project being carried-out, there is always a need for construction workers and machinery to perform the tasks at hand. Everyday, constructions workers ranging from plumbers, electricians, masons, and heavy machinery and power tool operators, go to work, many of them with hopes they don't suffer personal injury, some of which may be severe or life-threatening. Operating heavy machinery such as bulldozers, dump trucks, cranes; or power tools like piledrivers, jackhammers, electric saws, etc., take a heavy tool on the construction workers that handle them on a daily basis. According to studies by the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHO), some 5200 construction workers were killed while on the job in 2016, which is equivalent to 14 fatal construction accidents per day. The Perazzo Law Firm's Personal Injury staff handling construction work accident claims urges construction site accident victims to contact our Miami or North Miami Beach office for a FREE initial consultation to discuss a construction site accident claim for compensation.
Perazzo Law Shares the Most Common Construction Site Accidents in Miami
Construction workers are at high risk of suffering personal injury and even wrongful death from construction site related accidents in Miami. Below is a brief description of the most common accidents suffered by construction workers:
1. The most common type of accidents include falls, either from elevated areas or even at ground level. In fact, 384 of the 991 reported construction related fatalities came from falls at construction sites during 2016. With construction projects in Miami constantly on the rise, so are the chances of construction worker accidents. Construction accidents from falls can occur while working on scaffolds, ladders, rooftops, elevators, or other elevated work spaces where construction workers may lose their balance, slip on a soiled surface, or trip over a misplaced object. Most falls may result in personal injury but others may result in wrongful death. Construction accidents from falls that result in mild to severe personal injury, may require extended rehabilitation as well as proper immediate medical care following a fall while on the job at a construction site. After a fall, the injured construction worker must contact a personal injury lawyer to guarantee the construction firm or his/her employer's insurance company acts in good faith with regards to compensation for injuries incurred from the fall.
2. Construction sites are surrounded by heavy and oversized objects. When one or several of these heavy or oversized objects strikes a construction workers, injuries to the construction worker can be devastating and most often lead to broken bones, fractures, head trauma, or even wrongful death. Many times, heavy objects that strike construction workers can be the result of faulty or defective machinery, such as cranes or bulldozers which fail to perform their task appropriately. In the event of being struck by an oversized object, construction workers need to receive immediate medical attention on behalf of their employer and make sure the construction firm's insurance covers any medical expenses or lost wages in the event of rehabilitation for the construction workers injuries.
3. Electricity and electrical installations require special care by specialized electricians. However, electrocution is the third leading cause of injury and wrongful death among construction site workers. Live wires, exposed cables, faulty fuse boxes, etc., can lead to electrocution, which accounts for 8.3% of fatal construction worker deaths.
4. Many times, construction workers suffer personal injury accidents or wrongful death by being caught between, crushed, or compressed by heavy machinery such as bulldozers, steam rollers, cranes, or any other heavy machinery. These construction site accidents can result in severe personal injury to construction workers. Despite the number of safety precautions taken to prevent personal injury on construction sites, many times accidents are the direct result of negligence on behalf of operators or defective machinery and equipment.
Construction workers that suffer personal injury while on the job in Miami, are covered by worker's comp. Nevertheless, personal injury claims to compensate for medical costs, lost wages, loss, or even wrongful death may be presented when third party negligence can be proven. Equipment and Machinery manufactures are compelled by law (Product Liability Law) manufacture and provide regular maintenance to heavy machinery used regularly at construction worksites.
Contact the Perazzo Law Firm's Miami or North Miami Beach offices ONLINE to discuss a personal injury claim for construction site related accidents.
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