Category: Construction Accidents
Florida is experiencing growth that increases vehicle traffic on our roadways. Drivers need to be cautious when driving in construction zone areas and be aware they cannot drive the same way they did before construction began.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job annually; that translates into about 99 per week or more than 14 deaths every day.
The largest pieces of equipment on Florida industrial worksites are the cranes. Cranes represent a danger to workers on the worksite as well as the operator.
Everywhere one looks there seems to be new construction from single-family to multiple-family homes. New strip malls and commercial construction are also on the rise. With this activity comes the opportunity for worker injuries.
The combination of traffic and active road construction work zones make our roads hazardous for drivers to negotiate and for the workers involved in building and maintaining our streets, bridges and highways to complete their jobs safely.
Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The fatality rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries.
For many people, construction work can be a lucrative opportunity that can bring in a great deal of money for themselves and their families. However, there are very serious risks associated with construction work. Almost all Fort Myers personal injury lawyers will tell you that construction sites can be exceptionally dangerous places to work and it is not uncommon for very serious accidents to take place.
The overall safety of construction projects under Florida law is the general contractor's responsibility. However, with contractors and sub-contractors involved in a project, determining who was responsible for the safety hazard can be a very complex process and requires construction accident experts.