Without our construction workers, we wouldn’t have the homes, buildings, or roadways we rely on for everyday life. Yet construction is a very dangerous industry, accounting for more than one in five of all worker deaths in the U.S. each year. Construction workers brave heavy machinery, dangerous equipment, toxic materials, fall risks, and many other hazards each day. Our Bridgeport personal injury attorneys know a large number of workers suffer serious and fatal injuries each year. If you or someone you know suffered a construction accident in Connecticut, contact or construction accident attorneys in Bridgeport for legal counsel.
Connecticut Construction Accident Facts
The construction industry reports a disproportionate amount of injuries and illnesses compared to other industries in the country. Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the state, with a wide range of potential risks that workers face every day. In 2015, Connecticut saw more than 36,000 reported nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in total. About 20,900 of these injuries were serious, involving days off of work or work restrictions. There were 2,800 recordable nonfatal accident cases in the construction industry, with 1,400 resulting in days off of work.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in charge of regulating the construction industry and all other workforces in America. It is OSHA’s job to respond to complaints of dangerous workplaces, investigate work environments, and issue violations if any exist. According to OSHA’s data on residential construction in Connecticut, there are five top violations in this industry that result in worker injuries and deaths. The first is scaffold violations – poor design or improper assembly that lead to accidents when supports give way, workers fall, or falling objects strike workers down below.
The second-most common violation is lack of fall protection (application and training). Falls accounted for 38.8% of national construction worker deaths in 2015. In Connecticut, failure to adhere to fall protection standards in the use of safety nets, guardrails, or personal systems contributes to these accidents. The other three violations deal with ladders (yet another fall hazard), head protection, and stairways. It is a construction company’s duty to properly train and prepare workers for foreseeable hazards. These accidents can cause severe head injuries or spinal cord injuries that are life-changing.
How an Attorney Can Help
After a construction accident in Connecticut, your first course of action should be to report the incident to your employer or site manager. Your employer should file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf or help you with the filing process. Workers’ compensation guarantees you medical care, partial wage fulfillment, and survivor benefits in the event of worker death – regardless of fault for the accident. Keep in mind, however, that once you file for workers’ comp, you give up your right to sue your employer for the accident.
Often, a personal injury claim can garner greater financial recovery for an injured worker than workers’ compensation. Speak to our construction accident attorneys to see which option is right for you. You may be able to recover through both outlets if someone other than your employer is at fault for the accident. This might be the case if a product manufacturer, coworker, and/or third party contributed to your injuries. A conversation with the personal injury lawyers at Harlow, Friedman & Adams, P.C. can explore what may have caused your accident and the best course of action(s) moving forward.