People in California who are employed in the construction industry face many risks while they are on the job. The construction industry has one of the highest rates of work-related accidents and injuries, making it important for workers to be aware of the dangers and for employers to implement preventative safety measures.
Recently, the Center for Construction Research and Training released a report about the prevalence of struck-by accidents in the construction industry as compared to other industries. The construction industry had the most struck-by deaths of all industries, demonstrating the importance of following the safety regulations as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
According to the study, more than 800 construction workers were killed in struck-by accidents from 2011 to 2015. This is more than any other industry. Because of the dangers, OSHA has issued safety guidelines and regulations covering prevention and safety at construction sites to prevent struck-by accidents. Despite the guidelines, some companies skirt the rules, exposing their workers to higher risks.
Many construction site accidents are catastrophic, leaving workers suffering from permanently disabling conditions. When workers are injured while they are on the job, they may submit claims for benefits through their employers' workers' compensation insurance carriers. All employers in the state must carry this type of coverage for the benefit of their workers. Through it, workers may recover compensation to pay for their related medical expenses, ongoing treatment needs and rehabilitative costs. If they are disabled from their accidents, they may also recover monthly disability benefits to replace a percentage of their former incomes. Workers' compensation lawyers strive to recover the most benefits possible for their clients.