There Are Four Primary Risk Factors Of A Construction Accident

by Terry Bryant

In the construction industry, a worksite accident is something that employees and their employers have to be ready for. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that nearly 10 percent of all workers in the field will suffer some type of injury, and these are just the numbers reported to OSHA. The actual rate of serious injuries in the industry is likely much higher. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of these incidents, though, is that they are mostly preventable, as long as the worksite is managed correctly.

About 60 percent of all fatal injuries are caused by one of the four primary risk factors. These include falls, being struck by an object, being pinned between objects and electrocution. In general, any construction accident that involves one of these factors should be preventable. However, OSHA investigators consistently find a lack of fall protection, poor erection of scaffolding, a lack of warning signage and poor setup of electrical controls. All of these oversights make an incident much more likely and represent a failing on the part of employers and worksite managers.

When a worker is hurt on the job, anyone involved in the incident may be named in a claim. This includes the employer (usually when workers’ compensation is not present), safety personnel on site, and any contractors that were part of the incident. Representing a case that names several defendants can be difficult, which is why victims typically turn to experienced attorneys to represent their interests.