According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were approximately “2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers employed at eight million work sites around the nation, which translates to about one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers.” According to former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, during her Workers’ Memorial Day speech on April 26, 2012, “Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million suffer a work place injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a hand-out or free lunch. They are looking for a good day’s pay for a hard day’s work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families and get home in one piece.”
The leading causes for construction type accidents are:
- Scaffolding collapses
- Excavation accidents
- Falls from scaffolding roof or ladders
- Falling objects
- Dangerous machinery
- Head and back injuries
- Exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals
Hold the responsible accountable
If you are someone who has been involved in a construction site accident, contact the lawyers at Coleman, Chambers & Rogers, LLP, for an initial consultation at our Gainesville office. Call us at 678-601-2495.
Determining who is responsible can often be challenging even for the most experienced trial attorneys. Responsible parties can include, but are not limited to, architects, manufacturers, employers and property owners. Many construction site injuries could have been avoided with proper training by providing safe working conditions, safe and properly maintained equipment, and safety training. The former Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, stated it best when she said, “These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families and damage our economy.” If you or a family member has been devastated by unexpected medical bills and loss of work, you need the attorneys at Coleman, Chambers & Rogers, LLP. Contact us today to receive an initial consultation at 678-601-2495.