Construction Accidents are a Dangerous Reality

Construction work can be one of the most dangerous professions.  Although major advances in technologies, tools, equipment, and practices – along with improved regulations and laws – have significantly reduced certain safety risks in the construction sector, it is still recognized as one of the top high-risk sectors in the world.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1 out of 10 construction workers experience a work injury, with fall hazards ranking as the top cause of injuries on job sites. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that as many as 150,000 construction site injuries happen annually, with falls and contact with equipment accounting for the majority of these cases.

Construction accidents and injuries often occur due to negligence. In every workplace, including construction sites, safety is the responsibility of everyone, including the employers and the workers.  However, a common theme among a significant number of injuries due to construction accidents is the negligence on the part of the employer. Construction accidents are more likely when employers cut corners or even ignore safety regulations.

When you work in construction, you should be confident that when you show up to a work …

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FuturillaIt is an unfortunate fact of life that accidents happen. All too often, they occur because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. These accidents cost money in repairs and medical bills and they even cost time away from work and from family. All of this is money the victims should never have to pay – so who should pay the price? Getting legal compensation is the answer.

This is very probably what will happen after two people in Fayetteville were hospitalized after a deck collapsed.

According to Fayette County officials, rescue workers were called to  assist at a home on Ebenezer Church Road.  Fayette County Fire responded to find two construction workers who were  trapped underneath the deck. The deck apparently had collapsed when two other people were on top of the structure.

The rescued construction workers were taken to Atlanta Medical Center once everyone was freed. According to official reports, two of the workers involved in the accident suffered “significant leg injuries”. Their current condition was not released.

There is no report of what caused the collapse as of yet and the accident remains under investigation.

Such injuries are not just a physical and emotional burden, they are a …

The question that one has to ask is: ‘Was he drunk, sick, or tired?’ Nobody’s entirely sure what was happening with the driver who caused the five-car Buford Connector collision last month, but a news truck just happened to be there to record it. The news crew found a man who was slumped and drooling over the wheel of his pickup truck. This truck was blocking traffic, so 911 was called. A Department of Transportation worker removed the keys from the ignition.

As the DOT worker was trying to remove the keys, the driver came to and tried to leave the scene. There were two cars blocking his passage, and that caused a five car pileup. Fortunately, nobody was badly hurt. The transportation worker drove to the new accident and took the unidentified driver’s keys. The driver became belligerent, escaping the truck and trying to flee the scene. He ran over to a fence on the side of the road and was caught climbing the fence when the police arrived. He escaped from the police and was still running a few days later.

It is terribly unfortunate for the driver of the vehicle that the entire incident was caught …

In August, an unfortunate construction accident at a fabrication shop took the life of a 61-year-old McDuffie County man. Edward Leon Chambers was reportedly working below a 600 pound overhead bridge crane hoist when it fell and struck him in Thomson. Chambers, who had recently returned to work after being laid off, was later pronounced dead at University Hospital in McDuffie. Following the accident, all work at the shop was shut down for at least one day.

According to McDuffie County Assistant Coroner Sammy Purvis, the Two State Construction employee suffered multiple broken bones and died as a result of blunt force trauma to his chest and head. According to Purvis, it is unclear why the hoist fell on Chambers after hitting the device’s safety stop bar. The exact cause of the fatal construction accident is currently under investigation by the nation’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

OSHA normally investigates any serious or fatal workplace accidents that take place throughout the nation. The agency was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 in an effort to reduce preventable injuries and death for industrial and other workers. The Act requires employers in the United States to provide …

Last month, a temporary worker at a school building construction site in Richmond County, Georgia was electrocuted. 33-year-old Jevon Maloy was reportedly standing on a ladder while placing tiles in the ceiling of the new building when he was shocked. Following the shock, Maloy fell to the ground where other workers attempted to revive him until emergency responders arrived. Maloy was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Construction at the new magnet school was halted after the accident while the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) investigated the cause of the incident. According to the agency, MEJA, the company constructing the building, was previously cited for eight health and safety violations at other workplace locations. Additionally, subcontractor Electrical Contractors Inc., the company that hired Maloy, received a serious safety violation from OSHA in October 2011. A serious violation results when an unsafe condition exists and an employer knows or ought to know it is substantially likely to result in serious physical harm or death to a worker.

OSHA was created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The goal of the Act is to reduce or …

In early June, a road construction worker sustained critical injuries after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver on southbound Interstate 575 in Woodstock, Georgia. According to Woodstock police spokesperson Brittany Duncan, the worker was hit while standing next to a semi-truck in a construction zone at the new Ridgewalk Parkway interchange. Following the accident, the driver of the GMC Sierra pickup truck that hit the worker reportedly fled the scene. Meanwhile, the unidentified construction worker was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with extensive injuries.

About four hours later, two people reported seeing a vehicle that matched a police description of the GMC pickup truck outside of a liquor store in Marietta. After failing a field sobriety test, 53-year-old Kenneth Gonzalez was arrested by Cobb County police and charged with driving under the influence. Following his arrest, Gonzalez was taken to the Cobb County Jail. A Woodstock police force representative stated additional charges related to the hit-an-run accident will be brought against Gonzalez. Police reportedly believe that Gonzalez was intoxicated when he allegedly hit the construction worker.

In a statement, Duncan warned all drivers to exercise caution in construction zones. She said it is important for drivers to reduce …

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently issued six citations for fall and other worker safety hazards to a construction company based in Norcross. LRG Framing Inc. was accused of one willful, one repeat, and four serious safety violations at a Cumming construction site. A representative from OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office inspected the work site after receiving a safety referral and reportedly found employees working at heights of up to 30 feet in the air without fall protections. The company received $66,600 in proposed penalties.

LRG Framing was accused of one willful safety violation for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards at the residential construction site. A willful safety violation occurs when an employer intentionally disregards federal safety requirements or acts with indifference to employee health and safety. LRG Framing was previously cited three times for construction site fall hazards over the last six years. One of the previous citations was reportedly issued following a worker’s death. OSHA proposed a penalty of $46,200 for the willful violation.

The company was also cited $9,240 for one repeat violation. LRG Framing reportedly failed to provide the company’s workers with fall protection training. The company was …

Detours in life can be enlightening; on the road they are just annoying. For lost souls wandering around without GPS or built-in navigation, the accurate placement of detour signs is imperative to reaching a destination. Drivers rely on signs to point them toward streets, away from exits, and warn them of danger. Indeed, we trust the well-appointed orange arrow to shepherd us along “the road less traveled by.” We follow orange flares to merge nervously into one-lane traffic and delay our commute home. Despite the distraction, warning signs keep us safe. It is no wonder that without them, we are like lost sheep being thrown to the wolves.

Georgia resident Gary Hall would have chosen a different route had he known his traffic lane would be closed to accommodate construction. Hall was driving down Pleasant Hill Road near a construction site when he saw barrels in the middle of his lane. A cement truck was parked further down the roadway. He stopped his car to change lanes, but was rear-ended by another vehicle. Hall sued subdivision developer D.R. Horton, Inc. (Horton), alleging it negligently operated the construction site and failed to post warning signs around the cement-pouring. He argued Horton’s …

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