Construction Worksite Accident Attorneys in Philadelphia & South Jersey
Worksite accidents occur with unfortunate regularity on construction sites, and we don’t think it’s an overstatement to say every aspect of construction is potentially dangerous, even when proper safety measures are followed. The numbers back up the assertion. According to OSHA, out of nearly 4,700 worker fatalities in private industry in 2016, over 20% were in construction. Davis Bucco has focused on representing individuals and businesses working in the mid-Atlantic construction industry for 30 years, and we understand the propensity of construction hazards to cause worksite accidents.
Frequent Causes of Construction Worksite Accidents
The leading causes of worker deaths in the construction industry are falls (nearly 40%), followed by being struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between accidents. These “fatal four” (as OSHA calls to them) were responsible for more than half the construction worker deaths in 2016. The top 10 most frequently cited safety standards, potentially leading to these types of construction worksite accidents and fatalities, are as follows:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication
- Scaffolding construction
- Respiratory protection
- Control of hazardous energy
- Ladder use
- Powered industrial truck operation
- Machinery and machine guarding
- Fall protection training requirements
- Electrical wiring methods, components, and equipment
When the failure to follow an industry-recognized safety standard leads to a worksite accident and injury, there are many potentially liable parties, ranging from the contractor and subcontractors to the worksite owner to designers and architects to product and equipment manufacturers to maintenance companies, and the list goes on. An injury victim’s case for recovery may take the form of a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit depending on the circumstances of the worksite accident and the party or parties being implicated.
At Davis Bucco, our construction law attorneys understand the nuances of construction worksite accident claims and how to assert our clients’ interests, whether we’re seeking compensation from at-fault parties and their insurers or defending a worksite accident recovery claim. As lawyers focused on risk aversion and preventive measures as much as litigation, we also help construction professionals avoid and mitigate worksite accidents in the first place.
Speak with an Experienced Pennsylvania Construction Law Attorney about Worksite Accident Liability
For more information about construction worksite accident liability, please contact Davis Bucco to speak with an experienced Pennsylvania construction law attorney. Our firm represents construction industry professionals throughout the mid-Atlantic, including the Philly metro area, South Jersey, Lehigh Valley, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, providing individually-tailored, results-oriented representation focused on construction’s unique legal issues.