Construction sites can be seen throughout Ohio and other states across the nation. Small or big, many structures are being constructed, causing construction workers and members of the community to be impacted by the ongoing project. Because construction sites come with many dangers and risks, it is important to consider ways to reduce these instances. Failure to ensure safety and safety practices could be the cause of a serious and even fatal workplace accident.
According to recent reports, over the past 21 months, at least 52 people have died on-the-job n Ohio. These incidents resulted in almost $1 million in fines. While some of these deaths were due to simpler causes, such as a worker slumping over on the work floor, others were very horrific, involving workers falling from a roof, drowning in a septic tank or being crushed by a collapsed trench wall.
With regards to the type of industries involving these fatal work accidents, there was an increase in risks for those working in a state-run nursing and residential care facility. Nonetheless, the most dangerous jobs in the country still pose the greatest risk of death on the job. This includes landscaping, roofing and highway construction. In fact, more worker deaths in these industries were more than any other industry in this 21-month timeframe.
With regards to construction site accidents, these can be serious and deadly. Many of these workers work at great heights and with heavy machinery. This poses great risks that could end up risking the life of a worker.
After a fatal construction site accident, it is important to understand the certain rights and benefits are afforded to surviving family members. Much like an injured worker is able to recover workers’ compensation benefits, family members of a deceased worker can also file for workers’ comp benefits as well, addressing losses such as medical bills and lost wages.