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Construction: One of the Most Dangerous Industries

If you work in the construction industry, you’re likely well-aware that you work in one of the most dangerous occupations that exists. Between working from heights, working with heavy machinery, sharp instruments, working around loud noise, and let us not forget poorly trained co-workers or subcontractors, it’s a dangerous job but somebody has to do it.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 6.5 million people work in construction on any given day in America. OSHA reports that the fatal injury rate in the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries.

What are some of the biggest hazards on the construction site?

  • Falls from ladders
  • Falls from heights
  • Chemical burns
  • Trench collapse
  • Forklift accidents
  • Electrical incidents
  • Scaffold collapse
  • Crane accidents

According to OSHA, one out of every five fatalities involves a construction worker. Despite having a high fatality rate, the construction industry can be made safer when employers implement effective safety programs. Unfortunately, these types of programs aren’t implemented enough.

As a construction worker, you have the right to work in a safe environment that is free of known dangers. If your employer is not following OSHA’s safety standards, or if you are constantly working around serious hazards, you have a right to file a complaint with OSHA.

Under OSHA law, employers are prohibited from retaliating against workers for exercising their rights – including the right to report an injury or a safety concern.

I’m injured. What do I do next?

If you have been injured on a construction site, contact a Dallas personal injury lawyer from the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. Since workers’ compensation is not compulsory in Texas, you may or may not have a workers’ compensation claim. However, regardless of how or where the accident occurred, there is a good chance that you do have a valid personal injury claim.

We can evaluate the details of your accident to determine who is legally liable for your injuries under the law. When injured on-the-job, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries! Call now to receive the outstanding legal representation you deserve!