The construction industry can be one of the most dangerous workplaces

The construction industry can be one of the most dangerous workplaces. This work includes many hazardous tasks and conditions, including work at height, excavations, noise, dust, power tools and equipment, confined spaces, and electricity. Due to these hazards, the construction sector has the highest rates of both fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries, falls being the most frequent cause. In 2010, construction industry falls caused 267 deaths and 18,130 nonfatal injuries resulting in days away from work. Common causes of construction injuries are:

  • ladder and scaffold accidents
  • defective machinery accidents
  • construction vehicle accidents
  • crane accidents
  • electrical accidents
  • falling object accidents
  • environmental hazards such as asbestos, noise, solvents, and mold

So who is accountable for when an injury or fatality occurs? The construction company is responsible for enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Act safety regulations. The main goal of this act is to ensure that employers provide employees with an environment free from recognized hazards. Workers’ compensation may help alleviate some of the financial burden, however, it may not be enough depending on the severity of the injury. In addition to workers’ compensation, an injured worker may be entitled to recovery from a third party, which includes general contractors, subcontractors, or manufacturers of equipment. Although, there are many laws stated for when an on-the-job injury occurs, Schum Law can help you determine if there are any violations that may have caused the accident and any liability on the part of your employer or a third party.


Schum Law understands that injuries suffered, or even death of a loved one can be life altering. After a traumatic event we understand that you have to get insurance and medical bills in order. At Schum Law it is our goal to help you find the best approach to a construction injury compensation or settlement to get the maximum recovery possible for you from the full range of legal claims that arise from a construction accident.

At Schum Law, our skilled and experienced attorneys work hard to obtain the best possible settlement of claims for our clients.

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