Working in construction is physically demanding and can lead to injuries through repetitive stress and accidents. Fortunately, most construction workers who get hurt on the job survive and eventually heal enough to get back to work.
But there are incidents on job sites from which victims do not walk away. Sometimes, fatal construction accidents happen in the Colorado Springs area. When the worst happens, the victim’s family can struggle to understand how this could have happened. Besides the loss of a beloved spouse, parent and child, a fatal construction accident can also take away a much-needed source of income.
The most frequent fatal construction site accidents
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there is a “fatal four” list of the most common types of incidents that fatally injure construction workers:
- Falls from heights (33.5 percent of fatal construction accidents for the fiscal year 2018)
- Getting hit by an object (11.5 percent)
- Electrocution (8.5 percent)
- Getting crushed by equipment, or caught in a collapsing structure, material or equipment (5.5 percent)
Responsible contractors and subcontractors take reasonable steps to prevent these types of accidents, but not every builder lives up to the responsibilities they owe their crews. And no matter how much protection construction workers receive, the nature of the job makes it impossible to entirely eliminate serious accidents.
Keeping financial stability after a construction accident
Although most construction accidents are not fatal, they can still be very serious. A broken leg, stiff neck or back strain can make it impossible for you to work construction for weeks or months. During that time, there may not be much income coming into the house. To replace it, you should consult a workers’ compensation attorney about what you are entitled to.