Articles Posted in Construction Accidents

hammer-1629587_640For someone who has been injured while working on the job, there is nothing more frustrating than realizing that the injury may prevent them from future work, limiting their income, and possibly resulting in permanent physical and emotional injuries. Worse yet, what one would consider a straight forward matter can take years to resolve and end in high debt or even bankruptcy.

Construction injury claims can be just as complicated and multi-faceted as a hospital negligence claim. Multiple personnel at a construction site, faulty or poorly maintained equipment, OSHA violations, rented equipment and tools, all increase the risk to a construction worker and complicate the claim for those injured.

In addition, an injured worker has to determine how to move forward and who is ultimately liable. Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the intricacies of construction accident law is critical to the success of your claim. Assessing local and federal regulations on worker safety, carefully and meticulously evaluating maintenance records, and fully understanding the technical nature of the work involved is just the first step to successfully pursuing a claim. 

electrical screenThere are several types of electrical injuries that can occur in the workplace, and the most serious of these is electrocution.

Many workers are frequently exposed to electrical energy in the course of their daily duties, and the risk of electrical injuries is always present. Some workers, however, may be at an even higher risk of electrical injuries and electrocutions than others.

Electrocution is a major risk in certain industries. For instance, in the construction industry, electrocution is one of the top four causes of fatalities every year. In 2014, electrocutions were responsible for 8% of all worker fatalities in private industry across the country.

worker-safetyThe construction industry sees thousands of injuries and deaths each year and many of them are a result of fall accidents. In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently conducted its third annual National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The campaign encouraged employers to stop work for a while and discuss fall prevention strategies with their employees.

The construction industry has a poor record in fall protection. Every year, federal inspectors cite more employers for failure to provide fall protection and safety, compared to any other type of violation. That specific failure by construction employers has terrible consequences for those who do the work. In 2014, as many as 40% of construction-related fatalities were caused in fall accidents and there is no indication this rate has decreased.

The good news for workers and their families is that many of future construction fatalities can be prevented. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has put basic guidelines in place that encourage employers to provide fall protection gear, like helmets, safety harnesses and nets, in order to reduce the risk of falls. In addition, workers need to be educated about the risk of falls, especially in certain construction-related operations, like roofing, and painting.

INDIANAPOLIS – Worker safety is on the front of everyone’s mind in a new cooperative agreement between Fred Weber, Inc and the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL). The agreement gives IDOL permission to review and approve Fred Weber, Inc’s written safety program for its workers on the I-69 construction project to begin in Greene County later this year. The collaboration will remain in place for two years.
The I-69 extension is a small part of the controversial and ambitious highway project that will ultimately stretch from Indianapolis to Evansville and beyond. The project will take many years and require hundreds of construction workers. The 11-mile stretch of highway effected by this agreement is a section running into Greene County, south of Bloomington.

The contract requires Fred Weber to keep worker injuries and illnesses to a rate that is 13% lower than industry averages. It also requires that any work performed above six feet in height will be done utilizing safety harness and fall prevention equipment.
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muddy%20trench.jpgThe Indiana office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a construction accident in Noblesville that left one worker seriously injured.

The accident occurred when the man, an employee of Filson Earthworks Company was operating an excavator. A scoop suddenly detached from the excavator, hit the ground and bounced right back, striking the worker on the head. He fell into the 10 foot deep trench. Shockingly, it was more than an hour before the worker could be rescued and emergency personnel could transfer him to a hospital. That’s because the walls of this trench had not been shored, and the man had fallen into the most delicate part of the trench. Emergency personnel had to shore up the walls of the trench before the worker could be rescued. That took about an hour.
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road%20work%20sign.jpgUtility crews, emergency responders, police, fire personnel, and construction workers risk their lives every day in an effort to assist the residents of Indiana. With each road construction site, traffic stop and roadside response, these men and women place their own personal safety on the line.

In recent years, Indiana and Federal legislators have added safeguards designed to reduce that risk. These safety measures include a requirement for drivers to reduce their speed, change lanes whenever possible, and always yield the right-of-way to personnel responding to an emergency and requiring personnel at the roadside to wear reflective gear.
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construction%20image.jpgFour Indiana companies face fines and citations related to the construction death of an Indiana steelworker earlier this summer. Stanley Roberts of Indianapolis, died in the June accident. He was working on the new expansion project for the Indianapolis Convention Center. Roberts was working in a lift that drove into a hole, throwing him from the basket and to his death. The hole, two-foot square was nearly a foot deep.
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A 55-year-old construction worker died this past week in an accident at a downtown Indianapolis building site. The victim, Stanley Roberts of Indianapolis, was an ironworker employed by Harmon Steel. He was working on the new Indiana Convention Center construction site where approximately 250 construction workers are employed on the expansion project.
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rusty pipes 3Another Indiana construction fatality has occurred near Indianapolis. Randy Gardner, a pipe line worker from Tennessee, was killed when construction equipment fell on him late last week. The accident occurred in Decatur County near St. Omer.

Mr. Gardner was working on the Rockies Express Pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Colorado to Ohio. He was an employee of Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company, based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma and had worked with the firm for two years.
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backhoe2.jpgAn Indiana construction worker drowned under a Wabash, Indiana street on January 27, 2009. Stephen A. Walls, an employee of Environmental Construction, Inc., was working in a water main access pit when he was pinned by equipment and water from a nearby leak filled the space.

Despite attempts by Mr. Walls, he was unable to free himself from the pit. Workers at the scene were unable to rescue him from the water main access trench. The pit was drained and he was rushed to a local hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival. The final cause of death is pending autopsy.
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