In Oklahoma and throughout the United States, construction and building projects are happening all the time.
This building and growth is good for the United States, providing countless jobs and positive economic impacts in our state and beyond. But construction zones are also dangerous places: heavy equipment, tons of building materials and inherent dangers make up the construction sites.
Accidents occur at a disturbing rate, despite new regulations and safety rules set in place. While these accidents affect passers-by and the public, the majority of injuries and deaths occur to the men and women who work in these areas. Often, these construction site accidents lead to immediate and deadly harm.
Construction Site Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are more than 7 million construction workers in the country, not counting day laborers or contractors.
Of these workers, more than 350,000 will suffer injuries leading them to miss work, and more than 1,000 will be killed. That means 1 in 10 construction workers will suffer injuries during the course of one year.
Falling remains a major danger at construction sites as workers are often doing construction at dangerous heights. Equipment failure is also a leading cause of injuries, ranging from tire blowouts on tractors to cranes falling over, to tool and equipment failure.
Construction Site Accident Lawsuits
When a worker is injured in a construction accident, one of the first questions is “Who is responsible for injuries and damages?” While on the surface, this seems to be a simple question, it is, in actuality, pretty complicated.
For instance, if a worker falls off a high beam, is the general contractor liable? What if a delivery vehicle struck the beam and caused the fall, is the delivery company liable?
Hiring an experienced construction site injury attorney and workers compensation attorney can help sort these questions out.
The attorneys at Laird Hammons Laird will help you determine the events that led to your injury, identify which parties are liable and direct you on the next steps to take. While construction is integral to the growth of our nation, we have a responsibility to protect the workers.
If you or someone you love experienced a worksite injury or death, please let our construction injury attorneys at Laird Hammons Laird navigate the complicated and confusing waters of litigation and workers compensation claims. Call us today at (405) 703-4567.