Our Miami personal injury lawyers report a North Naples construction worker has died in a workplace accident after being crushed by a bulldozer. The 21 year old employee was working at EHC Construction when a bulldozer fell on top of him. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died due to his injuries. EHC is currently working with authorities to uncover what happened and how it can prevent like accidents from occurring in the future.
Construction Workers Are At Serious Risk of Injury or Death
The construction industry is notoriously dangerous. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that close to 5,000 workers were killed on the job in the year 2013. About 88 construction employees are killed each week and 12 perish in accidents every day. About 20 percent of all employee deaths, or one in five, occurred in the construction industry.
Falls are one of the primary causes of construction site injuries and deaths. Some other common causes include being struck by objects, trapped between objects, and electrocutions. These are considered the four primary causes of construction accidents or the so-called “Fatal Four.” These four accident types cause about half of all injuries and deaths in the construction industry.
Some of the most common types of construction site accidents include:
- Falls from ladders or scaffolds
- Falling objects
- Electrocutions, explosions, and fires
- Cranes or building collapses
- Large equipment accidents
- Defective equipment or tools
What You Should Do Following a Construction Site Injury
If you have been injured while on the construction jobsite, you should first obtain the medical treatment you need. Construction accidents will often result in serious injuries that may require emergency medical assistance. If your accident is less severe, notify your superior and travel to the closest emergency room for treatment.
Once you have handled the immediate medical concern, be sure that the proper party has been informed of your accident and any necessary forms are completed. Consult with your supervisor who can assist you in understanding and completing the proper procedure for reporting an accident. Waiting to report your accident can bar your recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, and more under the workers’ compensation system.
Injured construction workers may be eligible to receive compensation for a portion of their lost wages and medical expenses. At times, injured workers may also have a viable cause of action against a third party, such as the manufacturer of a faulty piece of equipment or tool. This third party action could result in greater financial compensation, including recovery for medical expenses, ongoing disability, and more.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Put Our Over 130 Years of Collective Experience to Work on Your Case!
Injured employees deserve full compensation for their losses associated with the accident. If you are an employee who has been injured on the job, contact the South Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. We offer the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. With over 130 collective years of experience representing injured employees across South Florida, our firm provides legal representation of unmatched excellence. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Put our exceptional car accident attorneys to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.