Construction accidents are one of the leading causes for personal injuries in the workplace in the United States and abroad. Full-time construction workers are often put in hazardous and dangerous situations when building or demolishing properties for the city, state, or private sector. In recent years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports of approximately 700-1,000 construction accidents related fatalities each year. While on a downward trend since 2006, there were still nearly 750 deaths due to injuries on construction accidents in the country. Throughout metropolitan areas of New York, including Albany scaffolding collapses, building collapses, falls without safety harnesses, and faulty mechanical equipment contribute to many of construction accident injuries every year.
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents in New York occur in many different ways and one of the only things they have in common is that workers are constantly injured from them. In New York, the BLS’s most recent statistics cite that approximately 4,609 construction accident injuries were reported through official channels in 2011. On average there are more than 12 construction accidents every day that result in moderate to catastrophic personal injuries. This includes all the different types of accidents that frequently occur on construction or demolition sites.
The two most common types of construction accidents are falls and electrocutions, with falls as the top reason for construction site fatalities. Falls mainly occur because of the fragile nature of incomplete flooring or roofing in work-in-progress construction sites. Electrocutions are not uncommon due to the delicate process of harnessing electricity through wiring. If proper protective measures are not taken and safety equipment are not provided, electrocutions may seriously injure construction workers.
Other frequent causes of construction accidents throughout New York include:
- Scaffolding Collapse
- Faulty Wiring
- Ladder Misuse
- Machinery Failure
- Power Tool Failure
- Collapsed Trenches
- Vehicular Accidents
Injuries from Construction Accidents
Make no mistake, construction sites are the most dangerous workplaces in the country. A constant stream of accidents and injuries occur every year on construction sites. While a certain percentage of these accidents are due to human error, many are the result of negligence and careless labor practices. Work injuries are infrequently fatal, yet account for a majority of acquired permanent disabilities. Construction accidents result in personal injuries due to the dangers inherent in working on, in, or around construction sites.
Common construction accident injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Broken/Fractured Bones
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
Construction accidents in the US are mostly preventable if all the proper safety and protective measures are in place. When they are not, personal injuries occur. If you have been injured in a construction accident or construction-related incident, you receive can compensation for your suffering.