Michigan Construction Accident Attorney
Despite all the construction industry concerns over workplace safety and the hazards in building construction, repair, and maintenance. This industry is regularly and consistently one of the leading causes of workplace accidents. Construction work is dangerous and precarious even with strict government safety protocols and regulations in place. The nature of the industry regularly exposes its employees and trade workers to high-risk conditions, dangerous equipment, hazardous materials, and unstable work areas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently conducted a one-year study of fatal workplace injuries for the U.S. Department of Labor. The study found that there were 1,273 fatalities related to the construction industry. This actually represents a drop in the total number of annual construction industry related deaths but it reflects an increase in fatalities among young construction workers between the ages of 14 and 17. The Bureau also conducted a one-year study of 1,234 construction related injuries to determine the most common cause of construction injuries.
The construction injury study concluded that:
- 36.1% of all construction accidents were due to falls
- 41.6% of falls transpired within specialty trade contractors
- 13.8% of accidents were the result of exposure to harmful substances or environments
- 43.0% of exposure accidents were endured by electricians or electrical contractors
The construction industry is divided into three major segments. The first is the construction of buildings segment that includes general contractors or subcontractors in the construction of residential, industrial, commercial, and other types of buildings. The second is the heavy and civil engineering construction segment that includes private and government contractors in the construction of sewers, roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, and other civil projects. The third is the specialty trade contractors segment that includes specialized vocations such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, and electrical work.
Common construction industry injuries include falls from scaffolding, elevated platforms, or buildings, threat of being hit by constriction vehicles, risk of being hit by machinery or falling debris, crane accidents, and injuries from defective machinery or equipment. Construction work has the highest rate for work time loss due to injury of all the major economic sectors in the U.S. and injuries in the industry account for billions of dollars in losses to workers, contractors, and productivity annually.
If you have been hurt in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, loss wages, medical bills, and any expenses from rehabilitative therapies you may have endured as a result of you accident. At Christopher Trainor and Associates, we are committed to seeking justice for you and your family.