In preparation for the summer season, many states are having their construction workers take extra precautions, training, or revisiting standards of safety for construction teams. Historically, the summer months between June and August are the most dangerous times for construction workers, due to several factors.
Construction sites across Tennessee shut down for 45-60 minutes Monday morning in order to conduct safety training through a partnership with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration(TOSHA) and several construction trade associations. Other states are taking additional precautionary measures similar to TOSHA.
The summer months typically see an increase in home and building construction. One-third of all construction site accidents that result in fatal injuries are due to falling from great heights and the majority of the accidents occur on job sites of home and building construction.
The typically clear and sunny weather during the summer encourages people to take vacations and many families travel via car. Road construction during these times can be especially hazardous, not only for the drivers but also for the construction workers. Many construction accident injuries sustained by highway crews could be life-threatening, considering the factors involved.
The number of injuries sustained on the job for workers in the construction field continues to rise, both on the number of fatalities and serious debilitating injuries. According to the latest data released by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction site accidents accounted for the highest number of fatal occupational injuries, that is, deadly accident while on a construction work site. In 2007, 1,204 fatalities were reported.
Oftentimes, workman’s compensation insurance is not enough to cover medical expenses, living expenses, and outstanding debt that might have accrued during the recovery time. To that end, it is paramount that workers who have been injured on the job seek compensation through the proper channels, such as contacting a construction accident lawyer when they have settled on legal recourse.
Many victims of a construction accident injury find themselves either unable to find work befitting their skill set or faced with insurmountable debt as well as intimidating amounts of paperwork, insurance claims, and a fair amount of heartache. Workers who have been injured on the job should consider contacting an experienced Tennessee accident attorney in the interest of protecting their financial and legal rights. Developing a lawsuit soon after suffering an injury is advisable, as there may be the possibility of being awarded monetary compensation for physical and mental suffering, lost wages, or permanent disability.