Construction is an industry essential to our country and our economy. The sector is so important that the rate of new construction is one of the core factors typically examined to get a nationwide sense of how things are going. Whether building residential or commercial structures, construction laborers work hard. However, this occupation is inherently dangerous and results in a number of work injuries and fatalities each year. In fact, just two years ago, the private sector alone experienced 900 worker deaths — one in five — in this occupation.

Construction sites are hectic by nature. These constantly changing environments are full of heavy machinery, vehicles, electricity, noise, tools, uneven ground, scaffolding, and a number of other ways to get hurt. A few are so common that they are referred to by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as the “Fatal Four.”

Falls, accidents where a person is struck by an object, accidents where a person is caught in or stuck between objects, and electrocutions are repeatedly responsible for around 60 percent of the annual death rate of construction workers.

As a construction worker, if you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If your loved one suffered a fatal injury at a construction site, you may be able to collect damages for wrongful death. To protect your rights and preserve your claim, it is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.

Based in Pikeville, KY, workplace accident lawyer Billy Johnson has made it his life’s work to help people throughout Kentucky. He is a proven advocate with over 15 years of experience who has handled litigation in the United States Court of Appeals, the District Courts for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the United States Bankruptcy Court. Get started today with a free, no-obligation case review by calling 1-606-433-0682. You can also fill out this online form to discuss the details of your accident and find out your rights.

It has been predicted that if the “Fatal Four” hazards were eliminated, an average of 545 construction workers’ lives would be saved every year in this country. Falls are far and away the single biggest contributor to construction site accidents, averaging around 40 percent. Objects or conditions that can cause workers to lose their balance or their bodily support are hazards present at most jobsites. Extreme caution must be exercised when working on or near roofs, staging, scaffolding, ladders, aerial lifts, floor openings, and girders. Despite the high rates of fatalities and serious injuries, the lack of proper fall protection is the violation cited most frequently by OSHA inspectors.

Being electrocuted and being struck by an object or piece of equipment tend to happen in roughly equal percentages. “Struck by” accidents include those involving rolling objects like forklifts and other handling equipment, falling tools and materials, flying debris, and swinging objects. While electricians are certainly at risk for electrocution, so, too, are other workers that may come into contact with exposed wires, faulty wiring, and overhead lines.

Getting a body part or your entire body caught between hazards can result in serious, even fatal, injuries. Being trapped, stuck, or squeezed is the fourth most common worker danger at construction jobsites and include instances such as being buried in a cave-in or trench collapse, getting pinned between equipment or vehicles, or having an arm or leg caught in improperly maintained machinery.

Employers have an obligation to ensure safe workplaces for their employees.
When they fail to do so, they may be held liable for resulting injuries and wrongful deaths.

Grounds for a legal cause of action may result from circumstances such as failure to provide adequate training, failure to follow appropriate safety regulations, failure to properly inspect equipment, and failure to uphold all health protocols.

Because each case is different, it is always advisable to get advice from a knowledgeable lawyer who specializes in workplace injuries. Despite the protections of worker’s compensation, there is also the potential for improper handling of a jobsite accident. If you suffer an injury as a result of the “Fatal Four” or any other construction site-related reason, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.

At the Johnson Law Firm, our Pikeville personal injury lawyers handle worksite injury and fatality cases in Eastern Kentucky and statewide. Our founder, Billy Johnson, has been named a Super Lawyer by U.S. News & World Report as well as an American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 trial lawyer and he is a proud member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. He has been helping victims and their families put their lives back together since 1998 and he is ready to help you. Call us at 1-606-433-0682 or contact us here for a free consultation.