CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWYER MINNESOTA
Construction site accidents are too common in Minnesota. Safety standards are generally strongly enforced at most construction sites, but not always. It depends on the management and how motivated they are to avoid dangerous situations rather than just speed along the project. Even if management follows all OSHA requirements, a construction accident can still happen from simple negligence. Our construction accident lawyers in MN have been representing people injured in a work accident for more than 25 years. Although workers will usually receive workers compensation after an on the job construction site accident, workers comp in Minnesota does not fully compensate the injured employee. When you contact a construction site accident attorney at our office, we will thoroughly explore whether there is another party, not directly associated with your employer, that was at fault in the accident and from whom we may be able to get more complete compensation for your injury. For example, a lawyer in our office once represented a belly-dump driver who was rear ended by a bulldozer. Although our client received workers compensation benefits, we also successfully brought a claim against the employer (there were different companies working at the construction site) of the bulldozer operator. Likewise, there are some situations where the property owner may be at fault for the construction accident because of failure to warn of a dangerous condition on the property, or the injury could occur because of some other negligence, e.g. a power line what was live that should have been disconnected causing electrocution. A top construction site accident lawyer will go through your specific situation on the phone or when we meet with you in person.
Here is some information from an OSHA website regarding construction accidents.
Federal OSHA is a small agency; with their state partners they have approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers, employed at more than 8 million work-sites around the nation — which translates to about one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers.
Federal OSHA has 10 regional offices and 90 local area offices.
FY 2013: $535,246,000
FY 2014: $552,247,000
FY 2015: $552,787,000
FY 2014 total federal inspections: 36,163
FY 2014 total State Plan inspections: 47,217
Worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities
4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013 [BLS preliminary 2013 workplace fatality data] (3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) – on average, 85 a week or more than 12 deaths every day. (This is the lowest total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992.)
797 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed from work-related injuries in 2013–on average, more than 15 deaths a week or two Latino workers killed every single day of the year, all year long.
Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2013.
Construction’s “Fatal Four”
Out of 3,929* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2013, 796 or 20.3% were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (58.7%) the construction worker deaths in 2013*, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 468 workers’ lives in America every year.
- Falls — 294 out of 796 total deaths in construction in CY 2013 (36.9%)
- Struck by Object — 82 (10.3%)
- Electrocutions — 71 (8.9%)
- Caught-in/between — 21 (2.6%)
The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014):
- Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
OSHA is Making a Difference
- In four decades, OSHA and its state partners, coupled with the efforts of employers, safety and health professionals, unions and advocates, have had a dramatic effect on workplace safety.
- Since 1970, workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.
- Worker deaths in America are down–on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 12 a day in 2012.
- Worker injuries and illnesses are down–from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.4 per 100 in 2011.
INJURED IN CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT MN LAWYERS
If you have been injured in a construction accident in MN, call our office and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. Our construction site accident attorneys will discuss your case with you and explore whether you have a claim against a third party so that you can be more fully compensated for your injury. We have offices in Minneapolis, Woodbury, Edina, and St. Louis Park. A construction accident injury attorney can also meet you at your home in St. Paul MN, Roseville, Forest Lake MN, Lino Lakes, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Rogers MN, Plymouth, Chanhassen, Chaska, Albert Lea, Prior Lake MN, Burnsville, Richfield MN, and other cities throughout the state.