Construction workers perform critical duties under dangerous circumstances. California construction sites have many hazards. Even highly trained and experienced professionals could deal with an accident, and some mishaps could result in death. Tragically, the number of fatalities at construction worksites increased over the past several years.
The unfortunate dangers at construction sites
The Center for Construction Training and Research released a shocking report: construction worker deaths increased substantially from 2011 to 2019. By 2019, the increase reached 41.1%. Falls comprise almost 47% of fatal accidents. Construction projects often involve working on uncompleted buildings and structures. Workers may be on high floors, scaffolds or ladders. Falls from such heights might lead to tragic consequences. That said, even a fall from a low height or even ground level may result in fatal injuries.
Falling objects also contribute to many fatal injuries. Tools or other objects falling from great heights could inflict severe injuries on anyone hit by them. Immediate medical attention might not be enough to save a life in some circumstances.
Keep in mind that many falls and impact-related incidents don’t always result in death. However, the incidents could lead to severe injuries that leave a worker incapacitated. Some injuries may even be career-ending ones.
The aftermath of construction accidents
Persons hurt in construction accidents may fear for their livelihood. Injuries may leave the victim unable to work for many months. Some could suffer permanent injuries. When the injuries result in death, families may suffer tremendously. Besides losing a loved one, surviving family members could experience tremendous financial hardships.
In the event that the negligence of a non-employer third party was the cause of the accident, a lawsuit might be advisable.