A 45-year-old male construction worker was 60 feet up in the air when part of a crane’s equipment came crashing down and landed on his chest, according to anABC7 Eyewitness Newsaccount. Rescue crews scrambled to help the man and paramedics administered emergency medical care before he was transported to Northwestern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. If you or someone you know has been injured in a on a construction site, contact an experienced South Carolinawrongful death attorney right away.
Construction Workers at Higher Risk
More than 20 percent of total work-related fatalities in the private industry are in the field of construction. In 2013, approximately 4,405 workers were killed while on the job, according to statistics from theU.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Statistically, that comes out to twelve deaths per day during. Although this number is the lowest since DOL began recording fatal injuries census numbers (it began in 1992), it adds up to about 85 deaths per week. Seventeen percent of all work-related injuries involved contract workers, who are almost universally used in the construction industry.
Some of the most common causes of construction accidents include:
· Machinery failure or malfunction;
· Scaffolding collapses;
· Slip and falls; and
· Fires and explosions.
Accidents that occur on construction sites are often serious and, sometimes, fatal. Compensation to which a victim, or survivors of the victim, may be entitled to includes pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and others. Because multiple defendants may be named in these types of lawsuits, a knowledgeable and experiencedconstruction accident attorney is essential.
Generally, construction accident claims are treated differently depending on whether the injured victim is an employee or a contract worker. If the victim was an employee, benefits may be to collected through workers’ compensation. If this is the case, the employer will be immune from a lawsuit because workers’ compensation will accept liability. On the contrary, if the injured party was a contract worker, a lawsuit will have to be filed in order to seek monetary compensation. Either way, a plaintiff may be able to charge a third party – which may include general contractors, subcontractors, and construction equipment manufacturers – in a construction accident lawsuit.