March 9, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm Common causes of construction accidentsAccording to the Bureau of Labor statistics, approximately 150,000 construction accidents happen every year in the United States. Around 1,000 of those accidents, caused by various construction-related mishaps, result in death, making it one of the most dangerous industries in the country.Fall accidents — The leading cause of death and injury in the construction industry is slip, trip and fall accidents. These types of accidents are the main reason insurers pay workers benefits, and one in three construction-related deaths are caused by this type of accident. The most common slip, trip and fall accidents occur in the following areas:Wall openingsFloor holesUnprotected sidesDefective construction or scaffolding platformsProtruding steel rebarsEquipment or machinery collision — A common cause of injuries on worksites is workers being struck by equipment or machinery. Below are the most common of these accidents:Vehicles (bulldozers, cement trucks, forklifts, cranes)Falling objects (rocks, steel, tools, equipment, machinery)Collapsing masonry wallsCave-in accidents — Cave-ins are less common than other types of workplace injuries in general but result in a greater incidence of catastrophic injuries. The danger of excavation and potential catastrophic injuries is so severe that most safety experts say the risk of death is doubled beyond that of general construction activities. The most common causes of construction cave-ins include the following:Unsafe passage going in and out of trenchesLack of protective systemsFailure to inspect soil before excavationUnsafe soil-pile placementElectrical accidents — Approximately 350 construction deaths related to electrical mishaps occur in the United States every year. Below are some causes of electrical accidents:Lack of ground-fault protectionDefective and improper use of extension cordsContact with power linesMissing or discontinued path to the groundCall us today at 1-888-491-9726 or contact us online to get started on your construction accident case.Common injuries suffered in construction accidentsStudies indicate that 95 percent of all claim costs paid by workers compensation insurers are for the following types of serious injury claims:Caught in, under or between — a body part squeezed, pinched or crushed by machineryFalls from an elevated area — falls from ladders, roofs or other elevated surfacesFalls at same level — slips, trips and falls on flat surfacesStruck by or against — impacting a part of the body against something, a worker being hit by a moving or flying object, or noise impacting the eardrumMotor vehicle accidents — traffic accidentsWork-related musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities — actions affecting the knees, ankles and feetMusculoskeletal disorders of the upper body — from overexertion, kneeling, squatting, lifting or other repetitive motions, awkward posture, pinching, gripping or vibrationUse protective equipment wiselyPersonal protective equipment should be worn to protect you from injury in the workplace. The protective equipment listed below is recommended:Safety helmetsGlovesEye protectionHigh-visibility clothingSafety footwearSafety harnessesHearing protectionContact an experienced Boston, Massachusetts personal injury lawyer todayThornton Law Firm LLP is dedicated to providing excellent client care to injured workers. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can discuss your case and help you develop a plan to recover from your injury. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency-fee basis, so if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay. With a nationwide reputation for commitment, we do everything possible to secure your claim. Call us today at 1-888-491-9726 or contact us online.