Top 4 Risks Facing California Construction Workers
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the United States. Each year, there are more than 150,000 construction site accidents, and California has one of the highest numbers of workplace deaths in the nation. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are 4 accidents that are especially dangerous to construction workers, often referred to as the “Fatal Four.” In 2015, the Fatal Four were responsible for over half (64.2%) of construction worker deaths. The categories are:
- Falls: Falling is the leading cause of death at construction sites, accounting for nearly 40% of the total. Extreme heights, unsafe ladders and scaffolding, tripping hazards, unsecure safety lines and simple mistakes can have devastating consequences when they result in falls.
- Struck by object: Equipment, tools, and building materials can fall from tall heights and injure or kill workers below.
- Electrocutions: In nearly every construction project, electrocution risk is involved. Open and exposed wiring, unfished electrical components, and heavy machinery can all pose a serious threat.
- Caught-in/between: Getting caught in or between heavy machinery can result in broken bones, loss of limbs, and even death.
Compensation for Injured Workers
Injuries from construction work are some of the worst of any U.S. profession and they include vision loss, crushed or amputated limbs, spinal cord injuries, burns and other permanent disabilities. If you are injured on the job, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits under California law, which could include coverage for your medical expenses and lost wages. If there is a negligent third party, you may also have a valid injury claim.
Contact our Orange County workers’ comp lawyers at Alvandi Law Group, P.C. today. We can assist you with all aspects of your workers’ compensation claim or appeal to get you the compensation you deserve.
Call (800) 980-6905 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.