Building projects are increasing in Florida and so are the number of construction fatalities, reports the Palm Beach Post. In fact, the source says that just a few weeks ago on January 9th, a worker in West Palm Beach had to be carried down from a 30 story, two-tower project after a toppled wall form fell on the worker causing him to suffer injuries. While this worker was lucky enough to have survived the incident, many others in the construction industry aren’t as fortunate.
The news source reported that in 2018, 101 fatalities were recorded in connection with construction accidents. That’s a significant increase in the number of deaths that were recorded in 2017 and 2016, which was 78. In 2015, 68 people died in construction accidents while in 2014, 63 were killed. The Palm Beach Post also highlighted that in 2011, the Department of Labor reported 42 construction fatalities in Florida which equates to a 140 percent increase in just seven years.
Common Causes of Fatal Construction Accidents in Florida in 2018
Aside from acknowledging the increase in construction fatalities in the state of Florida, the source also shared some of the most common types of fatal construction accidents that occurred in 2018. These include:
- Falls, slips, and trips.
- Transportation accidents.
- Exposure to harmful substances or environment.
- Contact with objects or equipment.
- Fires or explosions.
What makes the construction industry so dangerous to work in?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.” Some of the potential hazards workers are exposed to in the construction industry which makes it one of the most dangerous to work in include:
- Trench collapse
- Scaffold collapse
- Electric shock and arc flash/arc blast
- Failure to use proper personal protective equipment
- Repetitive motion injuries
Contact a workers’ compensation attorney in Miami, FL if you suffered injuries in a construction accident.
After engaging in a construction accident in Miami, you might find yourself not only worrying about how you are going to be able to afford your monthly financial obligations as you are unable to work at this time, but you may also be worried about how you are going to support your family. The reality is, a work injury doesn’t only impact you physically, it also affects you financially. If you need help understanding your rights or would like a legal expert to give you a run-down of all the benefits you are entitled to, don’t wait to contact Mario Trespalacios P.A.
Mario Trespalacios P.A. can be contacted at:
9495 SW 72 Street, Suite B-275
Miami, FL 33173