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Injured in a construction accident?

Although injury and fatality rates in many industry sectors have declined significantly in the twenty-three years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came into being, this has not been the case in the construction industry.

Constuction is the United State’s largest industry and one that has consistently registered high rates of workplace accidents. OSHA has had little success in reducing injuries and fatalities among construction workers, despite the fact that it channels a large portion of its resources into the enforcement of health and safety standards on construction sites.

Construction workers are exposed to a wider variety of hazards and face a greater risk of work-related injury or fatality than employees in any other U.S. industry.

5,333 workers died on the job in 2019 [https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm] (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 100 a week or about 15 deaths every day. About 20% (1,061) of worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2019 were in construction – accounting for one in five worker deaths for the year.

Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated in FY 2019

The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019):

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  5. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  8. Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  9. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  10. Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

Serious medical problems can result from the following construction-related accidents:

  • Roof Related Falls
  • Crane Accidents
  • Scaffolding Accidents
  • Non-Roof Falls
  • Run-Over by Operating Equipment
  • Lifting Equipment Failure
  • Electric Shock
  • Trench Collapses
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Hit by Highway Vehicle
  • Compressed Gases Accidents
  • Welding Accidents

The Augusta construction accident attorneys in our firm have a well-earned reputation for providing aggressive and high-quality legal services, and we know Georgia injury laws. If you are a victim of a construction accident, please complete the form on this webpage or call our office at (706) 828-1045 for a free case evaluation.