Construction Site Accidents in Philadelphia
Construction sites are an inherently very dangerous place to work. Not
only are many people doing many different things at once, but the equipment,
chemicals, and unsecure structures make the general environment more dangerous
than a typical workplace. To reduce one's risk of serious injury or
death, it's important for all construction workers, as well as anyone
who might be passing through a construction site, to remain alert and
exercise caution. Unfortunately, a large portion of construction site
accidents could have been prevented, and
if you believe your injuries and losses were the result of negligence or
wrongful actions on behalf of a coworker or your employer, you may be
. Do not hesitate to discuss your accident with a skilled
Philadelphia personal injury attorney who can help determine your legal options.
Common Construction Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there are
four main types of accidents that occur on construction sites: falls, electrocutions, caught-in accidents, and struck-by accidents.
These hazards include falls from building structures, ladders, exterior
construction areas, scaffolds, and stairs.
- In 2007, falls accounted for 835 construction deaths
- OSHA estimates that 15% of all occupational fatalities are the result of falls
- 50% of all fall deaths occur in the construction industry
Electrical hazards result can result from improper grounding, exposed
electrical parts, overhead power lines, damaged insulation, inadequate
wiring, overloaded circuits, damaged tools and equipment, and wet conditions.
- In 2007, 212 workers were killed by contact with an electric current
- Nearly 5% of all accident deaths were the result of electrocution
These hazards typically involve cranes and heavy equipment, trenches and
excavations, materials handling, and tools and equipment.
- There were 294 total caught-in fatalities in 2007
- 192 construction workers were killed in caught-in accidents
- Caught-in accidents account for approximately 16% of all construction deaths
Struck-by hazards involve flying objects, falling objects, objects on
ground level, and swinging or slipping objects.
- In 2007, there were 504 total fatalities as a result of struck-by accidents
- Struck-by incidents resulted in 311 construction deaths
- Approximately 26% of all construction fatalities occur as the result of
If you were injured on a construction site in or near Philadelphia, you
should speak with a knowledgeable injury lawyer about your legal rights
and options. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, you could
have legal grounds to pursue workers' compensation benefits or seek
damages in a
personal injury lawsuit. The Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr. can review the circumstances
of your accident or injury, and advise as to how you should proceed forward.
Contact an Experienced Attorney for Your Case
In the event that an accident does occur and a construction worker suffers
some type of injury, it's in their best interest to consult an attorney
right away. Because the accident took place while they were on the job,
they can seek benefits through the Pennsylvania workers' compensation
system. However, navigating the workers' compensation system can be
confusing and difficult, to say the least. Having an experienced Philadelphia
construction accident lawyer on your side will ensure the necessary paperwork
is filled out correctly and that your case remains on track.
Sometimes workers' compensation benefits are not enough to fully compensate
the victim for his pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
Fortunately, it is sometimes possible for construction workers to seek
additional damages in a separate personal injury lawsuit.
If you are interested in learning more about your legal rights following
a construction site accident, consider scheduling a consultation with
Attorney Thomas J. Murphy, Jr. This effective and knowledgeable attorney
has been practicing personal injury law for over 25 years, and can competently
address both your workers' compensation claim and personal injury
lawsuit in an effort to help you recover maximum compensation. Furthermore,
Mr. Murphy is always available to answer your questions, address your
concerns, and help you in any way he can.
Call us at (215) 569-1500 for assistance with your construction accident
claim in Philadelphia, PA.