Construction sites are hazardous environments for workers. Statistics show that fatalities are more common in construction than in most other industries. There are numerous factors which make construction workers particularly vulnerable to potentially severe injury or death.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created several regulations to try and prevent the injury and death of construction workers, but workers are at risk when an employer chooses not to comply with rules, regulations and codes. Four of the most prevalent causes of construction worker injuries include:
- Falling: Construction workers often find themselves navigating through or working in high places. Whether they’re up on a roof, scaffolding, or ladder, such heights increase the risk of sustaining severe injuries in a fall; especially if safety regulations are not adequately adhered to.
- Electrocution: Electrocutions frequently occur when there is a lack of communication or other negligence in determining whether or not electrical equipment and lines are free of live charge.
- Being Hit By Debris or an Object: When a construction worker is hit with force by falling debris or a hard object, it can cause a serious injury or even death. This is why hard hats are required apparel at construction sites.
- Becoming Caught Between Equipment: accidents that have happened because a worker becomes caught in between equipment or construction materials, causing crush injuries, which can be fatal.
If a construction accident results in a fatality, filing a wrongful death claim can ultimately protect the financial well-being of a construction worker’s family. Accordingly, it is necessary to seek assistance from a New Jersey construction accident attorney as soon as possible, but no later than 2 years after the accident and/or worker’s passing.
If you are a surviving family member of someone who has died in a New Jersey construction accident, you may have the right to seek monetary compensation. The lawyers at Blume Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari have extensive experience in construction accident claims including those surrounding wrongful death claims. Contact us today at (973) 635-5400.