Posted on July 26, 2013 in Personal Injury
Construction workers face many risks working in a variety of outdoor environments, often with heavy equipment or at great heights. Unfortunately, those risks can translate to serious injuries or even death in the event of an accident. Workers need to know what to do to help reduce the risk of permanent injury.
Four common types of construction accidents cause a number of severe injuries
According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA), the following four types of construction accidents caused nearly 60 percent of over 4,000 construction worker deaths in 2011:
? Falls (35 percent)
? Struck by object (10 percent)
? Electrocutions (9 percent)
? Caught-in/between (3 percent)
Even when construction workers survive these and other accidents on the job, they often suffer debilitating injuries, such as the following:
? Head and brain injuries. Common to accidents involving falling or flying objects – and potentially affecting virtually any bodily function – these injuries often result in permanent disabilities.
? Spinal cord injuries. Also common to accidents involving falls, damage to the spine often severely affects movement. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, victims can lose the use of arms, legs or both.
? Amputations. Any type of accident can result in the surgical amputation of limbs and extremities in an effort to save lives. However, amputation can occur on the job as the result of contact with heavy equipment or caught-in/between accidents.
? Burns. Electrocution can cause severe burns through direct contact or by starting fires. Victims can lose the use of body parts due to serious burns, and many individuals suffer the psychological and emotional effects of extensive permanent scarring.
What to do after an Oklahoma construction accident
The best chances for recovery involve obtaining immediate medical attention after you suffer any type of construction site injury. You must also follow the procedures set forth by the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Court to preserve your right to important benefits. Next, as soon as possible, seek advice from an experienced Oklahoma City injury attorney. Your lawyer can determine if you have additional rights to pursue compensation from responsible third parties, such as the manufacturer of a defective tool that caused your injuries.
Seek skillful assistance from a construction site accident attorney in Oklahoma City
In spite of strict safety regulations within the construction industry, construction accidents are still common. If you or a loved suffers injuries while working at or visiting a construction site, an Oklahoma City injury lawyer at Cunningham & Mears has the skills and experience to help. To learn more about our services, call us at 405-232-1212 for a free initial consultation.
Construction workers face many risks working in a variety of outdoor environments, often with heavy equipment or at great heights. Unfortunately, those risks translate to serious injuries or even death in the event of an accident. Workers need to know what to do to help reduce the risk of permanent injury. With nearly four decades of combined experience assisting injured workers in and around Oklahoma City, Edmond, Bethany, Harrah, Spencer, Wheatland, Newalla, Cleveland County and Oklahoma Count