Considering the nature of the construction work environment, it should come as no surprise to find that accidents can lead to serious injuries for Virginia workers. In fact, certain types of incidents are so extreme that they have earned the nickname the “Fatal Four” by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These accidents caused 971 fatalities in 2017, which was more than 59% of all construction worker deaths that year. OSHA researchers estimate that eliminating the risk of these incidents would save the lives of 582 construction employees every year.
Until the complete elimination of the Fatal Four, however, they remain a threat. You do have rights as an injured worker, and as the family member of an employee who is killed due to a workplace accident. Count on a Virginia workers’ compensation attorney for the specifics, but some general information may be useful.
Approximately one in five of all employee fatalities in the US every year are in the construction industry. Whether due to a violation of OSHA regulations or other circumstances, any worker is at risk of being involved in one of the Fatal Four accidents, which include:
Falls: The number one killer of construction employees – excluding motor vehicle accidents – is falling from a height. Just over 39% of all fatalities are the result of such accidents. An associated statistic is revealing: Inadequate fall protection tops the list of safety violations cited by OSHA. For instance, an employer may neglect to install:
Being Struck by an Object: Coming in second on the Fatal Four list is an employee being struck by an object that was airborne, falling, swinging, or rolling. These accidents comprise more than 8% of deaths in the construction industry. OSHA has established rules regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), but the biggest threat to a worker is often being unaware. Employees may be struck by an object while performing unrelated job tasks at some distance away.
Electrocution in Construction: These incidents represent around 7% of all construction worker deaths. Electrocution may result from:
Being Caught in or Between Objects: This category includes cave-ins, such as what might occur near a construction site trench or excavations. Accidents that pin a worker make up approximately 5% of construction industry fatalities in the US every year. OSHA has also established regulations regarding protective systems, but not all employers know or understand their legal responsibilities.
For more information regarding your rights as a victim of the Fatal Four or other types of construction accidents, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC today. You can set up a free case evaluation to learn about the claims process in Virginia. A workers’ compensation attorney can also describe your potential monetary benefits, including amounts to cover your medical bills, wage replacement, and other disability-related losses.
Mr. Hoen handled my workman's comp case. He and his staff were outstanding. He took care of every little/big detail needed. He and his staff were there for every question we had. I highly recommend him.
Very great attorney. Would very greatly recommend him to anyone.
I can’t thank you enough. Everyone is awesome. I recommend Mr. Hoen for all your legal needs.
Mr. Hoen was thorough and professional. I recommend him if you need a good lawyer.
Mr. Hoen was very competent, friendly, and worked very hard to bring my case to a satisfactory ending. I would recommend him to anyone who needs legal representation.
I am happy with the service. Thank you. God Bless.
Great attorney and free consultation
Attorney Hoen is very professional and easy to deal with. He worked hard on our cases and was successful in winning for us. I highly recommend him.
After months and months of frustration attempting to handle the logistics of my husband’s workers' compensation case, we sought legal counsel from Mr. Hoen’s firm. It was such a relief to have someone with such professionalism and knowledge take the…
Mr. Hoen and his staff have always shown the proper concern and professionalism with every aspect of my case. He has even gone as far as to communicate with me while he was at home or out on holiday. If…
Do you have a question about your legal matters?
Receive a free consultation by filling out the form below.