The Most Common Construction Site Death
What is the Most Common Death on a Construction Site?
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Construction sites are the most dangerous places to work in. It is a known fact that construction workers have the highest fatality rate. This is due to the nature of the job. Many times the workers are suspended high in the air and work with heavy and sometimes awkward materials. One wrong move and they could fall off a roof or scaffolding.
Although construction injuries and deaths happen on the job and are always covered through worker’s compensation, in most cases, there are also third party claims that can be brought against the property owner, the general contractor, and various other subcontractors who may have caused or contributed to the injury and/or death of the worker. Therefore, it is very important that you consult with a personal injury attorney who specializes in construction accidents to find out what other potential claims for compensation are available to you in addition to worker’s compensation.
The most common cause of death on a construction site is falls, however, there are certainly other ways death occurs in the construction industry. Falls happen when someone falls from an elevated surface such as scaffolding, a second story, or a roof. This doesn’t always happen because of unsafe working conditions, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is responsible for making sure that workers follow proper protocols for health and safety in all workplaces, but accidents do still happen. Falling from height is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths. It accounts for many fatal accidents in the US alone. The most common cause for falls from heights are ladders, followed by roofs, balconies, and stairs.
It is hard to predict when and where a fall could occur. However, there are some factors that could increase one’s chances of falling from height:
- Working at heights
- Forgetting to use safety equipment
- Being intoxicated
- Poor physical or mental health
- Simply losing your balance.
How a Heat Stroke can be attributed to a fall.
Heat strokes can cause a person to have confusion and in some cases fall. The excess body temperature also causes dehydration and nausea which can lead to a person passing out.
Some warning signs of a heat stroke are:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting
- Hot, dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid breathing and heart rate
When working outdoors in hot conditions you should always be aware of your body temperature. Be sure to drink plenty of cold water and take breaks when needed. The heat can break down your mental condition. This can not only cause falls but poor decisions overall.
How to Stay Safe in the Construction Industry
Construction work has some of the most dangerous conditions that people in the industry have to face. This is why it is important for construction workers to be careful and follow precautions to avoid workplace accidents.
Below are some safety tips for construction workers:
- Construction workers should always wear protective gear, such as hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots.
- Construction work should not be done before 8 AM or after 6 PM due to the increased risk of accidents.
- They should never work without supervision from a trained supervisor.
- Construction workers should never use equipment when they are not certified to do so.
With offices across NYC, the law firm of Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. has years of experience helping injured construction workers successfully file third-party claims. To date, they have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for their clients. If someone you love has been the victim of a terrible accident that took their life, you need to contact a construction accident attorney right away, call our legal team for a free consultation.