Workplace injuries are one of the leading causes of injuries in Florida each year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace injuries declined 10% in 2010. Construction accidents are the most deadly type of workplace accident. Employers are required to maintain federal and state safety standards for their workers. Here are some facts about Florida construction accidents to keep in mind, courtesy of JDSupra.com:
- Falls accounted for the highest percentage (34%) of fatal construction site injuries in 2009.
- Forty eight percent of all falls at the workplace occurred at construction sites.
- The next leading causes of construction accident deaths were transportation-related accidents (25%), contact with objects/equipment (19%) and exposure to harmful substances (16%).
While some accidents are just bound to happen, often times an employer or third party is negligent or equipment malfunctions. You may be entitled to damages in addition to workers compensation if you were injured in a construction accident. It is important to consult with an attorney if you have been injured on the job to be sure the accident is investigated thoroughly and all your rights are protected.
Wooten Kimbrough, P.A.—Orlando wrongful death attorneys.