Construction work poses many dangers. In fact, construction work produced the second-highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says.
Construction accidents often result from unsafe working conditions, faulty equipment, lack of safety precautions or human error. Construction accident injuries can make it impossible for the victim to continue to earn a living. Some result in wrongful death.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, the Chicago construction accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have the experience and expertise to pursue your case and help you obtain the maximum monetary reward you are entitled to receive. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a construction site accident, contact us today at our toll-free number or through our online form. We can provide a free, no-obligation consultation.
Common Construction Site Injuries in Illinois
There are many possibilities for injuries at a construction job site. Preliminary BLS numbers for 2011 say there were 759 fatal workplace accidents in the construction industry during the year.
The Liberty Mutual Insurance Company compiles a Workplace Safety Index of serious non-fatal workplace injuries every year. It is based on data from the BLS and the National Academy of Social Insurance and workers’ compensation claims from across the country.
Common construction injuries in Illinois include:
- Contusions (bruises)
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Dislocated joints
- Eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Burns and electric shock.
The 2011 Workplace Safety Index by Liberty Mutual indicates the most common causes of these injuries, including:
- Overexertion (caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and/or throwing)
- Falls to the same level
- Falls to a lower level (such as from a ladder or scaffold)
- Bodily reaction (from bending, reaching, climbing, standing, sitting, slipping)
- Being struck by an object (such as material or equipment falling from above)
- “Highway incidents” (i.e., car / truck / forklift accidents)
- Being caught in or compressed by objects or machinery
- Being struck against objects (such as being pushed into doors or walls)
- Repetitive motion injuries (i.e., repeated stress or strain)
- Violent acts (i.e., assault).
Violations of Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) rules contribute to many job-related accidents at construction sites. OSHA policies for job-site safety include provisions for:
- Safety training
- Protective equipment required on a job site
- Fire protection/prevention
- Proper sanitation.
Specifically, construction accidents might be caused by:
- Unsafe tools or machinery
- Insufficient illumination
- Lack of protection for head, eyes, ears, face, respiratory function, feet, etc.
- Collapsed scaffolding
- Improper ventilation
- Slippery surfaces.
Developers and general contractors have a legal obligation to ensure that their construction sites are safe. If you have been critically injured at a construction job, you have a right to compensation for your losses. This would include money for medical bills, lost wages during your recovery, future lost wages in cases of debilitating injury and for your pain and suffering. An experienced construction site accident attorney can help you negotiate with insurance companies or pursue a legal claim to obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer for Help
Whether you are a worker severely injured on the job or an innocent passerby injured at an Illinois construction site, the Chicago construction accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have the experience and expertise to help you obtain compensation you deserve.
We are experienced Illinois construction accident attorneys and trial experts. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. construction accident attorneys have obtained significant recoveries for clients.