Construction workers see the dangers of working on a construction site every day. While many employers do a great job of creating safe working conditions for their employees, Philadelphia construction accident lawyers note that there will always be risks when working on an active construction site.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency within the Department of Labor that sets federal guidelines for worker safety. The agency’s 2,200 inspectors are responsible for the safety and well-being of 130 million workers nationwide. Over the years, OSHA regulations and inspections have reduced the number of worker fatalities per year.
In 2014, just over 20 percent of worker deaths occurred in the construction industry. While there are many causes of fatal accidents on construction sites, four causes account for over 57 percent of construction worker fatalities. These are often referred to as the “fatal four” and include falls (40 percent), electrocutions (8 percent), struck by object (8 percent), and caught in or between objects (1 percent). These four causes accounted for 518 workers’ lives lost in America in 2014.
The largest cause of fatal construction site accidents is falls. Workers often get injured or lose their life when falling off overhead platforms, elevated work areas, and into holes in the floor or wall. It is important that employers follow OSHA regulations regarding fall protections at worksites and that workers are trained about job hazards and their legal right to safe working conditions.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Help Injured Parties Receive the Compensation They Deserve
If you or your loved one has been injured or killed on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law are proven negotiators, mediators, and litigators who will provide you with aggressive representation in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Our offices are conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to serve our clients in Pennsylvania and South Jersey including Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, Camden County, Burlington County, Salem County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County, and Atlantic County. Call us today to schedule your free confidential consultation at 215-426-4493 or submit an online inquiry form.