Every year, hundreds of Rhode Island construction workers are injured in construction site accidents in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Sadly many of these construction site mishaps were preventable and were caused by the negligence, carelessness and malfeasance of construction site managers and general contractors.
RI personal injury attorney, David Slepkow, firmly believes that most construction accidents are preventable. A RI construction accident is a tragic event and everything possible must be done to prevent such RI construction accidents. Those responsible should be held accountable for the injuries suffered by workers and others injured in construction mishaps.
RI construction accident lawyer
Construction site managers, general contractors and others in charge of a construction sites often ignore hazardous working conditions and put employees and construction workers in perilous and high risk situations.
A top Rhode Island personal injury lawyer who is also a RI construction accident attorney will hold the negligent tortfeasor liable for their malfeasance. It is not acceptable for construction site managers to put construction workers in risky and unsafe working conditions
Crane accidents and scaffolding fall accidents
Crane accidents and scaffolding fall accidents are by no means the only types of construction accidents necessitating construction site negligence litigation. There are a multitude of other types of construction accidents including but not limited to: operator equipment accident, exploding compressors, ladder mishaps, welding accidents, cutting accidents, building collapse, structural failures, forklift accidents, nail gun incidents and building collapse. Other types of Rhode Island construction mishaps include a trench collapse, crane and lift accidents as well as structural collapses.
Construction accident attorney in Rhode Island
The statistics establish that construction is one of the most hazardous commercial and industrial activities. In order for a site to be safe for construction workers management must give careful attention to safety measures. The most predominate types of these types of deadly construction accidents are falls, workers being struck by objects (falling, or swinging),as well as electrocutions. According to OSHA, “Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2014, 899 or 20.5% were in construction-that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction.” https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html
Fall accident at construction site
If you were injured in a ladder fall, fall from an opening in a roof or fall off an edge of a building or structure then your Rhode Island construction accident attorney will need to retain a top RI structural engineer to establish a breach of safety standards or negligence.
The Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at Edelstein Martin and Nelson state: “Some of the most serious physical injuries at construction sites, including paralysis, traumatic brain injury and death, are a result of falling objects or debris. The most common type of objects which fall from above at construction sites are handheld tools, loose masonry, loose concrete and unsecured loads from cranes or mechanical lifts.” http://www.law-pa.com/construction-accidents/construction-site-injuries-falling-objects/
A construction accident could also be a car, truck or front loader accident or even a garden variety slip and fall on ice snow or other substance.
Leading causes of construction accident
OSHA reports: “The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (57.6%) the construction worker deaths in 2014, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 518 workers’ lives in America every year.
- Falls — 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in CY 2014 (39.9%)
- Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
- Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
- Caught-in/between – 12 (1.3%) Osha
A Rhode Island personal injury lawyer or a Providence injury lawyer will help you get the compensation you deserve and are entitled to as a result of you construction accident.
“There are numerous types of scaffold related accidents including falls from scaffolds, slip and fall, premises liability causes of action, materials or objects falling and hitting workers or pedestrians below. Sometimes, materials falling from a scaffold could cause a RI car or truck crash. Some scaffold related accidents are deadly and the fatal accident leads to wrongful death litigation by the beneficiaries of the estate of the person killed in the mishap.” http://www.ripersonalinjurylaw.com/constrcution-scafffold-accident-rhode-island/