Leading causes of Slip Accidents in construction Sites

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Leading causes of Slip Accidents in construction Sites

Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,764 construction laborers suffered fatal work injuries. In that period, the private construction industry accounted for 1,008 deaths. Over a third of the construction industry deaths were due to falls, slips, and trip accidents.

Within the private construction sector, non-fatal injuries and illnesses arising from slip, fall, and trip accidents were 31.4 percent per 10,000 full-time laborers in 2020. In addition, the construction industry accounted for 46.1% of fatal slips, falls, and trips that same year.

Personal injury laws allow surviving family members of injured victims to receive workers’ compensation insurance benefits. It is also possible to obtain compensation following a third-party insurance claim or lawsuit.

Consider engaging a trusted construction accident attorney at Malman Law to increase your chances of obtaining a fair compensation settlement for your losses.

Leading causes of Slip Accidents in construction Sites

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to adhere to specific safety standards for protecting employees from hazards. Despite the requirements, slip, trip, and fall accidents still occur, resulting in fatal injuries.

Here are the common causes of slip accidents on construction sites:

  • Wet floors due to spillage of water and other liquids
  • Unsafe ladders or stairs
  • Poor lighting
  • Unattended hoses, wires, or cables
  • Unmarked hazards, e.g., an opening in a partially opened upper floor
  • A poorly designed ramp without a slip-resistance surface
  • An inclined walking surface
  • Debris
  • Clutter
  • Unmarked excavation sites and trenches

Common Injuries In Slip Accidents

Broken Bones

A fall from a moderate height is sufficient to cause a broken bone injury. The location and severity of a bone fracture dictate how long it’ll take to heal and the value of medical expenses to cope with the injury.

Common bone fractures in construction slip accidents include:

  • Hips
  • Arms
  • Ankles
  • Ribs
  • Collarbone

Traumatic Brain Injury

Most slip accidents result in a violent blow or jolt to the head, leading to a traumatic brain injury. A construction worker can also suffer a traumatic brain injury if a shattered piece of the skull goes through the brain tissue.

Knee Injury

You can suffer knee damage because you can twist after a slip-and-fall accident. The most common knee injuries include torn soft tissues— such as ligaments or the meniscus— sprains, dislocation, and sprains.

Neck Injury

Depending on its severity, a neck injury can cause loss of spinal cord mobility, muscle pain, and vertebral fractures, making it challenging to be involved in construction work. Victims who suffer mild to severe neck injuries endure various symptoms ranging from headaches, reduced mobility, fatigue, and numbness.

Get Trusted Legal Help From an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

Resolving a slip and fall case can be challenging, especially when it involves a fatality. The surviving family members of injured workers should consider hiring an experienced attorney to understand their legal options and rights.

Contact us online or at (888) 625-6265 for a free case evaluation.

Steve Malman

Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.

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