Construction is consistently among the most dangerous professions in the
country. Each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there
are more than 150,000 construction site accidents across the U.S. With
an active residential and commercial construction industry, Missouri sees
its fair share of construction accidents as well, and they often result injuries.
As a proven Kansas City law firm that has helped thousands of clients across
Missouri since 1996, Montee Law Firm has worked with many construction
workers who suffered harm while on the job. By leveraging our century
of collective experience and insight into
construction accident cases, we have helped workers protect their rights following serious injuries,
and have recovered millions of dollars on their behalves. This includes
the largest personal injury settlement in Buchanan County history - $12.5
million for a construction site explosion involving the Triumph Foods
plant in St. Joseph.
While every case is unique, many of the verdicts and settlements we have
secured on behalf of injured construction workers involved some of the
same hazards. After all, construction sites are filled with many of the
same risks, including some that cause more injuries and fatalities than
others. According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), some of
the most concerning risks construction workers face include:
Working from heights – Falls are the leading cause of injuries and deaths on construction
sites. In fact, OSHA reports that falls account for nearly 40% of construction
fatalities annually. As construction workers often ply their trade from
heights, or use ladders and scaffolding, they routinely face fall risks.
Unsafe ladders or scaffolding, tripping hazards, unsecure safety lines,
and even simple mistakes can have big consequences when they result in falls.
Moving objects – There are a lot of moving parts on construction sites, and some
of these moving parts can be large and heavy machinery. As such, construction
workers face significant risks of suffering injury or death by being struck
by an object or caught / stuck in between an object. These accidents can
involve falling objects, such as tools, flying objects, swinging or slipping
objects, moving machinery, debris, materials, and collisions on ground
level. While some moving object accidents may be difficult to avoid, others
can be prevented with proper protective equipment, proper storage of materials,
safe handling practices, and general work zone safety.
Electrical hazards – Construction sites are filled with electrical hazards, including
open and exposed wiring, unfinished electrical components, cords, and
heavy machinery. Every year, electrical accidents result in many injuries,
including shock and burns. Electrical shock can have varying consequences,
but can be exceedingly dangerous when it occurs to a worker who is performing
their job on a ladder, scaffolding, or from heights. Electrical hazards
also pose the risk of serious explosions that can seriously injure works
and others nearby, and result in fires. Fatal electrocution is also a
significant risk, and it accounted for nearly 9% of all construction site
deaths nationwide in 2015, according to OSHA
Slip, trip and falls – Construction sites are home to large scale projects in various
stages of development, which means there is commonly uneven ground, exposed
pipes or wiring, and other similar risks. The amount of machinery, tools,
equipment, and even personnel present on a site can make for a busy environment,
and numerous potential hazards where workers walk. All of these factors
can increase risks of slipping, tripping, and falling.
Illnesses – In addition to risks we can see with the naked eye, some construction
workers, especially those involved in industries that use hazardous materials
or work on structures that may contain hazardous substances, can face
risks of occupational illnesses and disease. For example, construction
workers and others who perform work on construction sites for older structures
run the risk of exposure to asbestos, which can result in fatal diseases
such as mesothelioma. Other illnesses resulting from toxic exposure may
include lead poisoning and respiratory disease. OSHA reports that construction
workers are twice as likely to develop a chronic lung disease, such as
emphysema or bronchitis, as non-construction workers.
Noise – Although some may not consider noise to be a risk, noise is a serious
hazard on construction sites due to large and heavy machinery, very loud
sounds, repetitive noise, and echoing. Ear protection is important and
employers are required to provide them, but roughly half of all construction
workers still suffer from noise-induced hearing loss, according to the
Center for Construction Research and Training.
Construction accidents can have devastating consequences that can keep
employees out of work while they recover, or result in impairment and
disabilities that make any type of work a challenge. In the most tragic
of cases, risks on construction sites can prove fatal. Whatever you situation
may be, our Kansas City construction accident lawyers encourage you to
reach out to us for a free review of your case to learn more about your
rights and whether you may be entitled to compensation.
Our award-winning lawyers are passionate about helping victims during difficult
times. We are also available to assist families who have lost loved ones
in fatal construction accidents. When you need caring and compassionate
legal representation backed by a proven record of success, you can trust
in our team to guide you through the process.
For a FREE consultation,
contact Montee Law Firm today.