At Dugan & Associates, we manage a huge amount of construction-related injuries. The number of construction-related accidents in the Pittsburgh region is truly terrifying, and the stories keep popping up in the news. Last October, a construction worker was killed when he was struck by a suspended piece of equipment. In February, a construction worker in West End fell three stories down an elevator shaft. In June, a construction worker was hit by a car while directing traffic in Highland Park.
Those numbers are only a small sample of the on-the-job incidents construction workers suffer every year in Pennsylvania. The industry experienced 8,100 injuries in 2017 alone, 2,900 of which led to missed work days and 1,000 of which resulted in job transfers or other restrictions.
These accidents lead to more than missed time from work. They interfere with paychecks, disrupt family life, and even cause people to lose mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters.
Some of the most common causes we see for construction injuries are:
When it comes to fatal injuries, the list is much shorter. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains a “Fatal Four” list to capture the leading causes of workplace-related deaths. They are:
Due to the heavy equipment and other hazards present in construction zones, injuries on the job are often extremely painful. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common injuries are:
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Many construction injuries, like amputations, don’t have a perfect cure that can restore the victim to 100% health. Prevention is the best way to keep construction workers safe.
We’ve highlighted some of the biggest injury-prevention techniques in the past, including:
Other steps you can take on the job to prevent injuries are:
*These are recommendations. For more help, seek the advice of an expert.
If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, we want to help ensure you receive the financial compensation you’re entitled to. Contact us to discuss your rights.
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