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What Are the Dangers of Construction Sites in Avondale?

Avondale is growing rapidly, along with the entire greater Phoenix metropolitan area. With the 2020 census, the population of the city was up to 89,334 from 76,238 in 2010 and 35,883 in 2000. Inevitably, with growth comes construction. Construction sites are among the most likely places for workers to sustain serious injuries.

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the country. Potential health and safety hazards on construction sites are numerous. They may include:

  • Fallings objects, such as tools, materials, and debris
  • Electrocution hazards
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Explosive or flammable materials
  • Slip and fall accidents caused by spills, holes, uneven pavement, and tools left on the ground
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Faulty scaffolding, ladders, and lifts
  • Safety violations by other workers
  • Inexperienced or inattentive heavy equipment operators

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What Are Some Common Construction Site Accidents?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the four main causes of injury on construction sites, known as OSHA's Focus Four. These types of accidents caused 64.3% of construction worker deaths in the most recent year for which statistics are available. The Focus Four hazards are:

  • Falls (33.5%): This includes both falls from heights and slip and fall accidents. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death on construction job sites.
  • Struck by an object (11.1%): This type of injury occurs when workers are struck by construction equipment or building materials.
  • Electrocution (8.5%): Construction workers account for a large percentage of electrical injuries in the U.S., as stated by CDC. Researchers found that construction workers are approximately four times more likely to be electrocuted than workers in other industries. Most construction site electrocutions are caused by direct or indirect contact with live electrical equipment and wiring.
  • Caught-in or between (5.5%): A body part, such as an arm, leg, hand, or finger, or the entire body can be caught in or between equipment or objects.

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Is Workers’ Comp the Only Source of Compensation for Serious Construction Accidents?

Workers injured on the job in Arizona are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits will cover medical expenses related to the workplace injury and reimburse you for a portion of your wages lost because of the injury. It is usually not enough to meet a severely injured worker’s financial need.

In some cases, an injured construction worker may have a claim against a negligent third party (other than the worker’s employer), such as a subcontractor on the construction site if that party caused or contributed to the worker’s injuries. In a personal injury claim against a third party, workers are entitled to seek compensation for a wider range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, disability, pain and suffering, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment of life.

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What Steps Should You Take After a Construction Site Accident?

Report the accident to your employer and file a worker’s compensation claim within the required time frame. We recommend that you also consult with an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible, for your best chance of recovering the maximum compensation available.

The Husband & Wife Law Team can investigate your construction accident to determine fault and liability and advise you of your options under the law. We believe workers and their families should hold employers and contractors responsible when their actions or failure to act result in serious injuries to workers.

Contact us at (623) 930-8064 for a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Avondale construction site accident lawyers can provide sound legal guidance and dedicated, effective representation in a claim for compensation for your construction accident injuries.

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