Imagine the horror of seeing someone you work with fall hundreds of feet to his death. This is not anything we would want to experience in our lifetime, but, unfortunately, occupational injuries and deaths caused by falling is a tragic reality in this country.
According to statistics prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during one seven-year period, over 4,500 workers died as the result of a fall. The gruesome breakdown of construction-related deaths by falls is as follows:
447 workers died falling through something
136 workers died when they fell through an existing roof or floor
198 died by falling through opening for stairs, elevators, or skylights
113 died when they fell through already-installed skylight fixtures
These numbers are absolutely staggering. Think about how many times we pass construction sites and see those brave men and women courageously working day in and day out at the most dangerous job in the world. In the United States, it is estimated that over 11 million people go to work in the construction industry. The construction industry experiences more fatalities on the job than any other industry according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Often times, these injuries and deaths could have been prevented. All too often, construction sites are unsafe because they do not follow safety regulations set forth by state and federal agencies.
If you have lost a loved one to a construction accident, you may have a valid legal claim against a contractor, supervisor, equipment manufacturer, or business owner. Please contact the experienced workplace injuries attorneys at Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A. today to schedule your confidential consultation.