The field of construction is a constantly changing area with many dangers. However, most construction accidents are avoidable with the proper foresight and education on the part of the developer, property owner and contractors, among others. Anyone involved in the work on a jobsite is potentially putting themselves in life-threatening situations daily if proper precautions are not taken. Workers expect that if they are injured in a construction accident, workers’ compensation will provide the money they need for medical expenses and other bills as they recover. Often they find that workers’ comp simply is not enough. They may also experience problems obtaining these benefits.
If you have been severely injured in a jobsite accident, contact the St. Louis construction accident attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm for help. A bad injury can make it impossible to work and support yourself, your family and your way of life. The Missouri and Illinois personal injury lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm have a solid understanding of the construction industry and its inherent hazards. We know how to pursue all potential avenues of recovery, including third-party construction accident lawsuits against parties other than your employer who may be responsible for your injury.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction site accident in Missouri or southern Illinois, contact a St. Louis construction accident attorney at The Cagle Law Firm today at 800-685-3302, or through our online contact form, for a free consultation.
Construction Site Injuries in Missouri
There are so many possibilities for injuries on a construction jobsite that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has instituted regulations and laws pertaining to all types of potential hazards in the workplace. Some of the agency’s general safety and health provisions include regulations regarding:
- Safety training for employees and employers
- Fire protection/prevention
- Proper sanitation
- Protective equipment required on a jobsite, including improper respiratory protection
The Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (MoDOL) maintains statistics pertaining to occupational injury, illness and fatalities, and issues extensive annual reports. In 2010, the MoDOL recorded 107 fatal injuries at Missouri workplaces. They were caused by:
- Transportation incidents (56.1 percent)
- Contact with objects and equipment (13.1 percent)
- Falls (13.1 percent)
- Assault and violent acts (12.1 percent)
- Exposure to harmful substances and environments, like dangerous or toxic materials (5.6 percent)
Construction-site fatalities in Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois closely follow the national trend for jobsite accidents. The Liberty Mutual Insurance Company compiles an annual Workplace Safety Index of serious non-fatal workplace injuries. It is based on workers’ compensation insurance claims from across the country and on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
The 10 most frequent causes of disabling workplace injuries in the 2011 Workplace Safety Index were:
- Overexertion (from lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and/or throwing)
- Falls to the same level
- Falls to a lower level
- Bodily reaction injuries (caused by bending, reaching, climbing, standing, sitting, slipping and/or tripping without falling)
- Being struck by an object (such as something falling from above)
- “Highway incidents” (motor vehicle accidents)
- Being caught in or compressed by machinery or objects
- Being struck against objects (including walking into or being pushed into doors or walls)
- Repetitive motion injuries (repeated stress or strain)
- Violent acts (assaults or shootings)
Accidents reported in Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky and nationally might be caused by:
- Unsafe tools or machinery
- Insufficient illumination
- Lack of foot, head, eye, ear, face, respiratory or other protection
- Collapsed scaffolding (falls and being struck against objects)
- Improper ventilation
- Lack of proper training
- Other unsafe practices or OSHA violations
Injuries from these types of accidents could include burns, lacerations (cuts), contusions (bruises), traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, joint dislocation, spinal cord injuries and electric shock, among others.
If you have been seriously injured at a construction job, you have a right to compensation for your losses. This could include money for medical bills, including the cost of doctor visits and/or hospital stays; lost wages during recovery; future lost wages in cases of debilitating injuries; and pain and suffering.
You are entitled to more than just the bare minimum when it comes to your life, livelihood and future – that’s why the experienced St. Louis construction accident injury attorneys at the firm are dedicated to protecting your rights. Workers’ compensation benefits alone are often not enough to cover all of an injured construction worker’s losses. That’s why the attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm thoroughly investigate all potentially responsible parties. It might be possible to bring a construction accident lawsuit against a third party — that is, someone other than your employer — in some situations.