Each day in the U.S workers are injured while on duty. Unfortunately, the number of injuries and deaths is far higher for those working in the construction industry. Any Houston construction accident lawyer will tell you that most on the job injury cases are from the construction sector.
In fact, in 2008, the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that the construction industry has the second highest number of fatalities of all industries in the U.S. The study also revealed that construction workers have a higher-than-average number of days off from work because of illness or injury. Other studies have indicated that one out of every ten construction workers will be injured on the job at some point during their career.
The stakes are even higher for construction workers in the state of Texas. Since 1992, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas has ranked either first or second in the number of annual workplace injuries; construction site accidents accounted for the largest number of those injuries. In 2008, for instance, Texas was in second place with 114 fatalities in the construction sector.
The construction industry is a highly dangerous field that puts workers at serious risk of suffering an on-the-job injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, contact a Houston construction attorney today, so that you can get the money necessary to help recover from injury.
Construction Accident Facts and Statistics
It is reasonable for any construction worker who enters a work site to assume that all safety precautions and measures have been taken by their company. Part of providing a safe work environment requires employers to properly train employees and provide the proper equipment so that other workers aren’t in danger.
However, this isn’t the case on many occasions. The reality is that thousands of construction workers are injured on the job annually, and on average, over a thousand die. This is where the skills and services of a Houston construction accident attorney come in.
Although many of these injuries are caused by simple accidents, others could have been prevented if it weren’t for the carelessness or negligence of someone else. Common causes of construction accidents are faulty equipment, failure to follow known safety regulations, improperly trained employees and areas of known danger aren’t marked with signage.
Here are some very noteworthy construction accident statistics:
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that one out of every ten construction workers are injured each year. They also report that fall hazards are actually the leading cause of injury for construction workers.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 150,000 construction injuries occur every year.
- Construction workers between 25 and 34 are the most likely to be injured.
- The majority of construction injuries involve the back, spine, and trunk.
- Fifteen percent of workers’ compensation costs are used on construction workers who were injured while on the job.
- In 2005, over 1200 construction workers died on the job, making the construction industry the most dangerous in the U.S.
Construction workers don’t always know about their rights when they are involved in a construction accident. Victims oftentimes think that they are limited to workers’ compensation, but oftentimes there others involved that can be held accountable outside the worker’s compensation program.
The attorneys at Sutliff & Stout can help you navigate the federal and state regulations that can affect your claims in a construction accident injury case. There might also be a number of parties who may be liable for your injury, such as the owners of the construction site, the contractors and sub-contractors who worked on the site, the manufacturers of the equipment you used, etc. Not only can we help identify who should be held responsible, we’re also ready to go to trial against the big companies and corporations that may owe you compensation.
The best course of action for anyone involved in a construction accident would be to acquire the services of an attorney specializing in personal injury cases. For a free case evaluation, please contact Sutliff & Stout online or by phone at (713) 987-7111.