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Construction deaths frequently caused by safety violations

The construction industry is a dangerous job. As such, those who work in construction need to be professional, understand the risks and take measures to prevent an accident. The lawyers at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC have seen how a construction site accident can devastate a family. We understand the complexities of workers' compensation law in Illinois to give you the best chance of getting the compensation you need after a construction accident.

There are a wide range of ways you might be injured in construction, but three types of safety violations stand out among the most dangerous. According to Electrical Construction & Maintenance, the deadliest risks you face on a construction site due to improperly observing safety regulations include falls, electrocutions and excavation accidents. You may follow these regulations to the letter, but there is no guarantee that your co-workers or employers are being as safe.

Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration most frequently find these types of safety violations on construction sites:

  • Scaffold violations, in which a scaffolding structure is not placed on a stable surface or completely "planked" with boards over their walking surfaces. Scaffolding accidents most often involve falls.
  • Electrical violations, including wires or cables that are not grounded or de-energized. Worn-out power tools might also be in use when they should be discontinued, resulting in the risk of electrocution.
  • Excavation violations, which frequently result in a construction worker being crushed or suffocated in a trench collapse. Trenches need to be securely shored to prevent the ground from caving in, and they should also contain escape routes.

If construction companies ensured these safety regulations were followed at all times, hundreds of lives could be saved every year. If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to seek workers' compensation for your medical expenses. For more information, click here to visit our page on work injuries.

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