Dangers on construction job sites abound

People in St. Paul, Minnesota who are employed in the construction industry know that they work in some of the most dangerous situations every day. They should also know that being involved in a construction work accident is all too commonplace. .

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most common causes of accidents on a construction site are referred to as the fatal four. These include accidents that involve.

  • Falls, trips or slips.
  • Electrocutions.
  • Entrapment.
  • Being struck by objects.

OSHA indicates that 18 percent of all workplace fatalities in the private sector happen on a construction site and that the fatal four are the known causes in many of those deaths.

The view in Minnesota

According to data supplied by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13 people in the construction industry lost their lives in Minnesota in 2012. Of those deaths, a total of six were attributed to falls, trips or slips. Statewide, a total of 70 people died in all job-related incidents that year.

News reports provide details of two fatal construction accidents in 2013 that illustrate the reality of the dangers that construction workers face very day. According to a report by ISHN.com, a crane operator was moving a large beam at a job site in Maplewood when his crane fell over. He was taken to the hospital but died there. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was launched in response to this accident. MPRnews.org ran a story on an accident in downtown St. Paul. A construction worker died when a concrete slab fell on him as he was operating a backhoe at a demolition project.

What are the options for injured workers or their families?

Certainly seeking medical attention is the top priority whenever a job-related accident occurs. Once that has been secured, it is time to consider how to best receive the needed compensation for workers and their family members. This compensation can include payments for lost wages, medical expenses not covered by insurance and more.

People in Minnesota are encouraged to contact the Fellman Law Office in these situations. Making a claim to receive workers' compensation is one option that can be available to victims in these situations in addition to other assistance and compensation that may be appropriate for the situation.