According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, during a recent year there were nearly 1,200 construction site fatalities representing over 20% of all occupational deaths during the entire year.  Statistics also show that non-fatal accidents amount for nearly half a million yearly injuries.  Defective manufactured construction tools and equipment and other negligent third parties are also to blame.  This makes entering or working in a construction site a potentially dangerous situation.

Besides presenting a workers compensation claim, victims of construction site accidents and injuries may also have a claim against third parties such as property owners and other sub-contractors.

Unfortunately, despite strict regulation of construction site safety measures by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), violations are numerous.  Property owners and developers may hire un-licensed contractors or inexperienced workers.  Contractors with improper workers compensation and liability insurance coverage are also hired.  Other violations may include failure to maintain proper tools and equipment for their workers, careful supervision of workers and onlookers, improper hiring and training of personnel, failure to post "No Trespassing or Dangerous Premises" notices in a proper fashion, and many other violations that are easily prevented.  Architects, engineers and general and subcontractors may be negligent in providing unsafe construction site conditions and in accordance to rules and laws established in the industry.

Many construction site accidents that cause serious injuries and death occur because many contractors and developers choose to skirt safety laws that would otherwise have protected their workers and those that enter the construction site including children and lay people.

Many of these violations occur because greedy developers or property owners accept low bids which may cause construction site safety to be jeopardized, or the general contractor who obtains the winning contract job chooses to forego on construction site safety measures in order to fatten his profits in lieu of ensuring a safe construction site.

Common causes of construction site accidents include:

  • Construction Site Falls
  • Roofer Falls
  • Collapsed Structures
  • Ladder Falls
  • Scaffolding Accidents
  • Power Tool Accidents
  • Sawing Injuries
  • Electrocution
  • Lightning Strikes
  • Heavy Equipment Injuries
  • Crane Accidents
  • Operator Error
  • Defective Tools
  • Defective Equipment
  • Cutting Accidents
  • Welding Accidents
  • Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
  • Poorly Maintained Construction Sites
  • Dangerous Premises
  • Negligent Security

You can reach Miami Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected].

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.