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Common Fatal Injuries Suffered on Construction Sites

It was your first day of training at your new construction job and you were forced to watch a safety film on the possible dangers of construction areas. The video talked about avoiding potentially fatal accidents. Although the clip was more amusing than informative—full of obviously fake scenarios and too much horror movie blood to seem creditable—it still made you slightly nervous about the job.

Should you legitimately be concerned about your risk of a fatal accident while working in construction?

Frequent Construction Accidents That Can Get You Killed

Data taken from the 2013 Fatality Consensus of the United States Department of Labor shows that nearly 5,000 workers a year are killed on the job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one out of every five of these deaths occur as a result of construction accidents.  

OSHA refers to the common causes of these deaths as the “Fatal Four,” which includes falling, electrocution, being caught between objects, and being struck by construction materials. These deadly dangers result in over 80 percent of the following fatal construction injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries. Swelling, bleeding, lacerations, or penetrations resulting from a fall or blunt force trauma to the head can cause the brain to become so damaged that it stops providing essential life functions to the rest of your body.
  • Internal bleeding. Being stabbed, crushed, lacerated, or squeezed can cause excessive internal damage and bleeding that can cause massive organ failure.
  • Electrocution. Too many electric shocks can essentially short circuiting your organ function, or disrupting your heart beat, causing it to stop altogether.
  • Loss of limbs and severed body parts. Falling objects can easily slice through muscles, bones, and tissue, causing excessive bleeding, fatal nerve damage, or the severing of the neck or spinal cord. When your brain loses the ability to communicate with the rest of your body, organs can malfunction and stop working.

Rebuilding Your Life After a Construction Loss

Losing a loved one—no matter what the cause—can be extremely difficult, emotionally debilitating, and financially ruinous. However, when filing a wrongful death claim, you don’t have to fight alone. We’ll be here to not only stand beside you, but to protect you from the confusion, heartlessness, and ruthlessness of your lost loved one’s death. Insurance companies are tactless when it comes to dealing with a grieving victim. That’s why we’ll be there to shelter you. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we may be able to help you.

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