Orlando Construction Accident Lawyer
There are nearly six million construction workers in the U.S. These workers build, repair and maintain our private homes, places of business and public infrastructure. Often, this work puts them in harm’s way. A worker who’s injured on a construction site is typically entitled to medical and lost wage benefits through the Florida workers’ compensation program.
The Orlando law firm of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., helps injured construction workers throughout central Florida to obtain these benefits they need and deserve. Contact us today to learn, through a free case review, how we can help you following a construction site accident.
How Common are Construction Site Accidents?
Construction site accidents occur every daily. Statistics indicate that:
- 775 construction sector workers lose their lives on the job each year, accounting for about five percent all occupational fatalities in the U.S.
- The fatal occupational injury rate of construction workers is close to three times that of all U.S. workers
- Nearly 72,000 construction workers are injured each year, or an injury rate of 1.43 per 100 full-time workers
- The median number of work days missed after a construction injury is 11.
What Types of Accidents Cause Construction Worker Injuries?
The construction industry’s so-called “Fatal Four” are responsible for approximately 3 out of 5 construction worker deaths. Construction’s Fatal Four (out of 775 construction deaths each year) are:
- Falls – 278 (36 percent)
- Struck by object – 78 (10 percent)
- Electrocutions – 66 (9 percent)
- Caught in/between – 13 (2 percent).
These accidents are not responsible solely for fatal construction site accidents. They also are a leading source of injury.
For example, more than 1 in 5 construction injuries result from falls, including slip or trip incidents on the same level and falls to a lower level (particularly falls from roofs).
Other leading construction accidents include those involving:
- Crane accidents
- Workplace vehicle accidents
- Power tool accidents
- Electrical accidents.
What Types of Workers are Injured in Construction Site Accidents?
The term “construction worker” is an extremely general term for an industry that employs nearly 6 million workers. According to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), workers may be involved in sub-categories of construction that include:
- Construction of buildings (residential and non-residential)
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utility system construction
- Land subdivision
- Highway, street and bridge construction
- Specialty trade contractors (including plumbers, electricians and painters)
- Foundation, structure and building exterior contractors (including framers, masons, and roofers)
- Building equipment contractors
- Building finishing contractors (including carpenters and floorers).
What Types of Injuries Occur at Construction Sites?
While serious injuries result from events such as falls from roofs and collapsing cranes capture headlines, many construction injuries involve aches and pains related to overexertion and repetitive motion.
Construction injuries that are frequently reported include:
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Burns from heat and chemicals
- Exposure to lead, asbestos and other harmful substances
- Back, head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
How Can a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help with Your Construction Site Injury?
With Frank M. Eidson in your corner, you can deal with setbacks that you encounter in the process of seeking Florida workers’ compensation benefits.
He can also help you to pursue compensation that goes beyond benefits. For instance, if your direct employer isn’t to blame for your injury, it is necessary to investigate all possible third-party sources of liability, including the property owner and subcontractors.
Allow Orlando area attorney Frank M. Eidson to assist you in seeking the funds you need and deserve after a construction site accident and injury. Get started by contacting us today.
For More Information
- Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Commonly Used Statistics, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- Construction Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- 2012 NAICS Definition: Construction, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)