Local Construction Worker Injured On Job Site
A Miami building was the site of a recent accident that injured a construction worker, though not in the usual type of construction accident. Officials believe lightning struck a metal object near the man as he was working on the seventh floor of the building and electricity ran through him. Rescue crews had to perform a basket rescue to get the man down from the seventh floor while the storm continued; fortunately, they were able to get him to the ground without further injury in the storm and the man was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Not Your Typical Workplace Accident
Though this incident occurred while the construction worker was on the jobsite, it is much different from the typical types of construction site accidents that injure workers. Construction work is one of the most dangerous types of work, and each year a significant percentage of workplace injuries are suffered in the construction field. The possibilities for accidents and injuries in this line of work are nearly endless; working around heavy equipment, on uneven surfaces, in precarious situations – it does not take much for an accident to happen and injury to strike. The most common types of accidents that occur in the construction industry fall into a wide range of categories but, according to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than sixty percent of all construction worker deaths were the result of the Fatal Four:
- Falls – Accidents involving falls due to uneven work surfaces, human error, or not using the proper safety equipment are the cause of the highest numbers of construction site deaths. Falling from heights off scaffolding or ladders presents a frequent accident scenario that can cause severe injury or death.
- Electrocutions – Workers often work on sites that are in all stages of construction and frequently need to exercise care around live wires and power sources.
- Struck by objects – Whether from equipment, objects falling from scaffolding or ladders overhead, or errant construction materials, workers are constantly in potential harm’s way just in the course of doing their job.
- Stuck in between – Workers face the risk of falling into collapsed trenches or being caught in or compressed by equipment, any of which can cause catastrophic injuries.
OSHA states that many of these types of accidents could be avoided with stricter adherence to safety standards and that hundreds of lives could be saved each year by eliminating these Fatal Four.
Legal Help With Construction Site Accidents
When accidents occur at the workplace, the office Alan Goldfarb, P.A. is ready to help. Our Miami construction accident attorneys have helped victims just like you recover for their losses and we are ready to help you do the same. You have rights under the law when you have been injured on the job, but you must take action quickly to protect those rights and pursue the relief you are entitled to receive. Do not delay – contact us now to allow us to help you get started today on the road to recovery.