New Jersey Workplace Construction Accidents

New Jersey ConstructionConstruction sites offer the highest risk of occupational fatal injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC reports that in 2010, there were 774 fatal injuries that occurred amid on-the-job in construction; this is more than any other industry and accounts for 17 percent of all work-related deaths in the United States

Construction site accidents pose a serious risk of occupational injury in New Jersey. The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, for example, also underscored the risks of working in construction. In October 2012, CBS Philly reported that three construction workers were hospitalized after helping to rebuild a home destroyed by Sandy on Kansas Road in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. According to CBS, the house was 12 feet tall; workers heard a crack and told everyone to evacuate. Three workers were not able to get out in time, and one had to be flown to Atlantic City Medical Center for neck and back trauma.

Most Common Causes of Construct Site Accidents and Injuries

New Jersey Construction AccidentsConstruction sites are full of safety hazards, meaning that people who work in construction have a higher risk of injury compared to other industries. Heavy equipment, scaffolding, electrical wiring and working at high elevations are just a few factors that could contribute to a serious, perhaps even fatal, injury. Common injuries that occur on a construction site include:

•    Slips and falls due to unsafe conditions
•    Scaffolding and ladder accidents
•    Injuries from falling objects
•    Electrocution
•    Crane accidents
•    Forklift and machinery accidents
•    Falls from elevated heights
•    Burns and scarring
•    Head injuries
•    Cuts and lacerations
•    Limb or digit loss

Experienced New Jersey Construction Site Attorneys Are Here to Help You

Parker Waichman LLP has successfully represented a number of individuals in construction site accidents. In our many years of experience, we have found that these types of injuries are often devastating and can greatly reduce the quality of life if the victim is lucky enough to survive. A settlement can help alleviate medical expenses and other costs that come with these types of accidents. If you were injured while working on a construction site and have questions about your legal rights, call our office at 973-323-3603.

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Construction Safety Violations New Jersey

Most Common Workplace Safety Violations

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has analyzed the most common workplace safety violations in 2012. According to OSHA, the most frequently cited workplace violations are:

  • Fall Protection (7,250 total violations)
  • Hazard Communication (4,696 total violations)
  • Scaffolding (3,814 total violations)
  • Respiratory Protection (2,371 total violations)
  • Ladders (2,310 total violations)
  • Machine Guarding (2,097 total violations)
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1,993 total violations)
  • Electrical Wiring (1,744 total violations)
  • Lockout/Tagout (1,572 total violations)
  • Electrical-General (1,332 total violations)

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