Atlanta sports fans have new stadiums to look forward to enjoying, and construction workers are an integral part of the process of getting these new stadiums ready. They work hard, sometimes in working conditions that are quite hazardous. Construction accidents happen far too often, such as the case in which a construction worker was injured on the job at the new Falcons Stadium when metal scaffolding fell on a man’s head. According to this account of the incident, the worker suffered bleeding in the brain, facial and spine injuries, and a severed ear due to the accident. While it could have been far worse for the construction worker, he has suffered more than an employee ever should in exchange for a hard day’s work. A representative for the construction company expressed sympathy for the incident and noted that an investigation was being performed to determine what happened, but also confirmed that it maintains strict safety standards on its work sites.
Employers Have a Responsibility to Provide a Safe Working Environment
Construction work is inherently dangerous, as there is nearly always heavy equipment in use and precarious conditions. Workers must maintain a high level of caution for their own wellbeing and safety, but even in the case of the most cautious employee, an accident may still occur. Employers have a duty to protect their employees from accidents that threaten their safety and wellbeing and an important part of establishing and maintaining a safe working environment is the implementation of a solid accident prevention program. Employees should be allowed to feel comfortable asking questions and reporting dangerous situations. Both of these actions go a long way in preventing an accident from happening in the first place, and preventing an accident should be made a priority in the workplace. Employees who believe their working conditions are unsafe or unhealthful may file a confidential complaint with the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA – and ask for an inspection. It is recommended that the conditions are also brought to the employer’s attention.
Construction Death Statistics and Causes
A look into the OSHA website shows that one out of five worker deaths in a recent year was in construction. There are four types of accidents in construction that cause the most injuries. OSHA refers to these four leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites as the “Fatal Four” and notes that they were collectively responsible for more than half of the construction worker deaths in 2014. The “Fatal Four” include the following:
- Struck by Object; and
Seek Legal Advice If You Have Been the Victim of a Workplace Accident
Though construction sites are notoriously hazardous, any workplace has the potential for employees to suffer injury. If you have been injured in any type of workplace accident, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers . The legal professionals at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, are eager to help you to understand your rights regarding workers’ compensation and to obtain the relief you are entitled to receive. They will gather the information needed to assess your case and advise you on your best course of action. Contact us online to get started.