Workers in the construction industry are exposed on a daily basis to countless safety hazards as they work to repair and build our community. The construction sites that they work on are often complex and involve the following: workers from different trades working in close proximity to one another; the use of construction tools; the use of construction equipment; and work that takes place at varying elevations and in differing environmental conditions. As a result of these complexities and potential hazards, construction workers must rely on everyone around them to follow essential safety standards to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. If others do not follow these necessary safety standards, accidents will happen.
Unfortunately, with construction cost incentives and deadlines to be met, safety standards are often sidestepped or ignored – resulting in serious injuries or death to our workers. Sadly, this occurs all too often. Statistics establish that 1 out of every 10 construction workers is injured each year. Injuries are often so severe that they result in permanent physical limitations that prevent a laborer from returning to the job and benefits that he or she relies upon. In addition to injuries, there are 4,386 workplace deaths each year with 1 out 5 involving a construction worker. Falls are the leading cause of construction deaths.
The legal team at TPMB understands how construction sites operate and the devastating physical, emotional, and financial hardships that result from a construction injury. TPMB is here to aggressively and thoroughly investigate your construction case. The lawyers of TPMB have secured millions of dollars on behalf of workers injured or killed on construction sites.
There are many different causes of construction injuries and death. Common causes of construction injuries and deaths encountered by TPMB lawyers include:
- Construction falls
- From an elevated working surface (ex. stairs, elevator shafts, unprotected floor openings)
- From ladders, scaffolds, temporary platforms
- From construction equipment (ex. lifts, cranes, lulls, forklifts)
- Trips and falls
- due to debris
- construction equipment
- poor ground conditions
- Electrocution accidents
- Equipment accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Being Struck by an object
- Being caught-in or compressed by objects or equipment
In investigating construction site injuries, the lawyers of TPMB rely on leading construction safety expert witnesses and construction industry standards to establish construction site safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the U.S. Department of Labor, provides minimum safety standards for workers in the construction field which construction companies must follow. Organizations like the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) also contribute to establishing safe construction practices and standards.
The construction lawyers at TPMB are well versed in the industry construction safety standards and practices and use them in fighting for justice for their construction clients. The lawyers of TPMB have successfully pursued construction cases against subcontractors, general contractors, safety consultants, construction managers, engineers, architects, and owners on behalf of our clients.
After a construction site injury, insurance companies are quickly notified of the event and begin to gather statements and information to assist them in preparing a potential defense. If you, a loved one, or family member has been injured or killed on a construction site, it is important that you have an experienced legal team advocating for you. TPMB is here to help. Please contact our legal team to arrange for a free legal consultation.contact us today