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Helping workers obtain compensation for construction-related injuries

Construction is an inherently dangerous occupation. However, employers can take essential steps to protect workers and bring injury incidents down to zero. Unfortunately, builders often fail to implement simple measures.

If you have been injured on the jobsite, you are likely eligible for Iowa workers’ compensation benefits. You may also have a valid civil claim against manufacturers, property owners and co-workers who acted with gross negligence.

The Hope Law Firm, PLC can guide you through the process of obtaining compensation for the injuries you sustained at your workplace. If you lost a family member, we can pursue justice against the negligent person or corporation that caused the catastrophic death.

The Fatal Four

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that more than one-fifth of all job-related deaths in the private sector in 2013 occurred in the construction industry, accounting for 796 fatalities. OSHA has dubbed the primary causes of construction job deaths “the Fatal Four,” which are:

  • Falls — 294 deaths in 2013
  • Struck by an object — 82 deaths
  • Electrocutions — 71 deaths
  • Caught in or between objects — 21 deaths

Just by eliminating the risks for a fatal four accident, contractors can prevent almost 60 percent of jobsite fatalities.

Common construction site risks

Your employer and the jobsite property owner owe you a duty to follow Iowa and federal laws regarding safety on the construction site. However, their negligence can put you at risk of:

  • Explosions and fires — You risk burn injury due to explosion or fire, especially on sites where volatile materials are mishandled or improperly stored.
  • Crane accidents — A crane that is not adequately secured or that has defective parts can collapse, injuring the crane operator and the workers below.
  • Falls from height — By forgoing such basic safety devices as guardrails and personal fall-arrest systems, your employer can unnecessarily subject you to serious fall risks.
  • Tools falling from above — Insufficient netting and scaffolding put you at risk of head injuries from tools that fall.
  • Defective ladder — A broken or defectively designed ladder leaves you vulnerable to falls from substantial heights.
  • Heavy equipment accident — A reckless driver of a backhoe, dump truck, excavator or other heavy machinery may run over you at the worksite.
  • Speeding drivers — Roadside construction crews are at constant risk of being hit by speeding and distracted motorists.

In addition, manufacturers of construction equipment are obligated to follow basic standards for producing safe construction tools and machinery.

Get the compensation you deserve for your construction-related injuries

You may have a civil claim for injuries, in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. The Hope Law Firm, PLC offers a free case assessment to determine whether you have a case for damages arising from a Des Moines construction accident. Call our construction accident lawyers at (515) 298-5056 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today. We do not charge you attorney fees unless we win your case, and we can work out a payment plan to help you through this difficult time.

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