Construction Site Accidents & Safety Tips
Avoid Injury on Construction Sites with Help from Leading Atlanta Law Firm Pope and Howard, P.C.
Police recently confirmed the death of a worker at a Roswell, GA construction site. Mr. Jose Castillo, 40, died after falling down some stairs at the site.
In the Unites States, there are nearly 6.5 million construction workers at approximately 252,000 sites on any given day. With the sheer volume of workers, in addition to the physical nature of construction work, it is no surprise that the injury and fatality rate for workers in the construction industry is higher than any other.
What is most tragic about these accidents, however, is that many of them are preventable. The expert trial attorneys at Pope & Howard, P.C. understand the complexities of the construction industry, and how to secure proper compensation for workers who have been injured in construction accidents.
Construction Site Injuries and Prevention
As in the case of Mr. Castillo, falls on stairs are a common cause of construction site injuries and fatalities. Some stairway safety measures that should always be followed on construction sites are as follows:
- Keep stairs clear of any debris or other potentially dangerous materials that may cause falls.
- Immediately clean up spills and leave proper signage warning others of recent spills or slippery surfaces.
- Stairways over 30 inches tall, or with four or more steps, should always have a handrail.
- Treads must completely cover each step and landing.
Other than stairway injuries, some of the most common construction site accidents include slip and fall incidents, scaffold or trench collapses, and repetitive motion injuries. The failure to use proper protective equipment and adhere to safety standards is also a large contributor to injuries that occur at the job site.
Some general safety measures to keep in mind to prevent these accidents are:
- Proper inspections of all equipment and controls (these inspections should also be carried out as frequently as is needed, and by a competent inspector).
- Use equipment properly.
- Use proper safety systems, like harnesses, safety nets, and head protection.
- Follow proper precautions and training for electrical equipment.
- Properly mark or tag damaged or defective equipment, or discard immediately if possible.
Contact Atlanta Construction Site Injury Lawyers: Pope & Howard, P.C.
Pope & Howard, P.C. was founded in 2005 by Geoff Pope and Marc Howard. They are an Atlanta-based trial law firm that specializes in personal injury cases, including construction site injuries, trucking accidents, medical negligence, and more.
Contact Atlanta trial lawyers Pope and Howard, P.C. at (866) 910-0642 to schedule a consultation if you or a loved one have been injured in a construction site accident.