Being a construction worker involves working around heavy and dangerous machinery, climbing ladders and scaffolding, and even handling hazardous products. It is clear to see why an injury on a construction site can happen. No matter how careful a construction worker is, the reality is that construction sites are commonly littered with danger and there are regular serious and life threatening injuries. The numbers for construction injuries are daunting with nearly one out of every ten construction workers being injured every year.
If you have been injured you may find that your company is not willing to work with you, and will try to pass the blame on to you. However, no matter how big a construction company is they cannot escape liability for negligent acts. Ken Kieklak has experience representing injured workers in Arkansas and Adair County.
Construction Worker Safety
There are potential hazards on a construction site at almost every corner. Even though there are strict regulations in place to try and prevent accidents for construction workers there are still thousands of construction workers who are injured every year. Even more startling is a number released by OSHA. In 2014, OSHA reported that there were 4,821 construction workers who were killed on the job. Over the past decade Ken Kieklak has been fighting for injured workers and individuals throughout Arkansas and right here in Adair County. He has worked to provide injured construction workers and their families through the difficult time after an injury and has helped numerous workers recover lost money and expenses.
Among the most common reasons for accidents include:
- Falling objects
- Equipment related accidents
- Caught in between objects
- Fires and explosions
- Trench and building collapses
- Scaffolding collapses
- Electric Shock
- Repetitive motion injuries
Among these injuries there is a group known as the “fatal four” which account for a large percentage of fatal construction site accidents. In fact, OSHA has noted that the fatal four is responsible for as much as sixty percent of all fatal accidents on construction sites. The fatal four are falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and caught in between crushing objects. It does not matter how safe or careful you are when on a construction site, an injury can happen at any moment. But if you have been injured do not hesitate to contact our firm. Standing up for yourself against a large construction company or corporation can be difficult especially when you are trying to recover from an accident and injury.
Construction Company Liability
It is not always clear who is responsible and who should be held accountable for an construction site injury. Liability for certain accidents may rest with the equipment manufacturer, the supplier. There are many people who are involved with a construction site and who are involved in a construction project.
Personal Injury – In the event that you were injured in a construction accident then you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover for your injuries.
Product Liability – If you are working on a construction site, there is a good chance that you are using heavy tools and relying on equipment. Products however, are often the source of injury on a construction site. In the event that you have been injured on a construction site because of a product liability for your injuries may rest with the equipment manufacturer, supplier, or even the contractor.
Wrongful Death – It is not secret that the construction industry is dangerous for workers. In 2014, there were an estimated 4,821 construction workers who were killed on the job. This equals out to a staggering thirteen deaths almost every day. In the event that a loved one has lost their life while working on a construction site, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death action on their behalf.
Workers’ Compensation – Injured construction workers often have to find some way to pay for their medical expenses and their daily living expenses while they are out on injury. In many instances a worker can file a workers compensation claim to help pay for their expenses during recovery.
Liability claims and issues often are based on OSHA regulations. Regardless if a construction site or manager sets their own safety standards and regulations they are still required to follow the regulations set forth by OSHA.
Injured on a Construction Site? Call an Adair County Construction Accident Attorney
You’ve already paid the physical and emotional price for another person’s mistake. You shouldn’t have to pay the financial price, too. To schedule your private legal consultation and learn more about how the Law Practice of Ken Kieklak can assist, call our law offices at (479) 316-0438 right away. The statute of limitations places a firm deadline on accident filings, so don’t allow the window of opportunity to close: call us today to get started.