Most Common Construction Accidents in Florida
Construction in Florida is booming, which is great news for local construction workers. Not so great is the fact that the private construction sector accounts for the majority of fatal workplace injuries in the state. With Florida boasting the fourth-highest growth in construction jobs, worksite safety is an ever-growing concern.
Construction sites are bustling with dangerous activities and equipment. In an ideal world, all of these activities are carefully choregraphed and every employee is trained on how to best do their job. In reality, however, an average of 2 construction workers in the United States die each day from work-related injuries. According to OSHA, 20.7% of worker fatalities are construction workers.
Construction’s Fatal Four
OSHA attributes the above statistical phenomenon, in which 1 in 5 worker deaths occurs in construction, to “Construction’s Fatal Four.” In 2017, almost 60% of construction worker deaths were caused by the following accidents:
- Falls (39.2%)
- Accidents in which workers are Struck by Object(s) (8.2%)
- Electrocutions (7.3%)
- Incidents in which workers are killed while Caught-in/between equipment, collapsing structures, objects or materials. (5.1%)
By following safety standards and eliminating the fatal four, OSHA estimates that the construction industry could prevent at least 582 deaths per year.
In Florida, the fatal-four are included on any list of the state’s most common construction site accidents and injuries. That being said, there are certain factors that are more prevalent in Florida, specifically. Because much of the state is considered tropical or humid subtropical, for example, construction workers in Florida are more likely to suffer from heat and sunstroke. Additionally, since Hurricane Andrew, construction regulations have been revamped and workers have had to rebuild in some especially hazardous environments.
While it may look similar to those of other states or the nation, and you’ll definitely see some repeats from the fatal four, we’ll go ahead and provide you with a complete list of Florida’s most common construction site accidents and injuries:
- Falls from ladders or scaffolding
- Slipping on or tripping over debris, cables, etc.
- Collapsing trenches
- Falling construction materials
- Chemical spills or toxic chemical exposure
- Equipment accidents
- Injuries from being trapped or crushed
- Electrocution or electric shocks
- Heat and sunstroke
- Lacerations and disfigurement
- Hearing and vision loss
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured
While the above list may seem unsettling or excessive, if you or a loved one have worked on a construction site, you know how treacherous they can be. As OSHA asserts, the majority of these accidents can be prevented by following proper safety procedures.
In the event you get injured, or have been injured already, working with a lawyer may help you get the compensation you need to move forward. At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., we have over 6 decades of experience in personal injury law and can help you identify any negligence that may have caused your accident or injury. Don’t suffer in silence.
Call us 24/7 at (954) 467-8800 or request a free case evaluation today.