Construction is one of the most vital industries in Oklahoma. It’s also one of the most dangerous.
Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show high rates for both fatalities and injuries among employees in the construction industry. In 2012, a total of 806 construction workers lost their lives, compared to the 781 who died the year before. Furthermore, 4 out of every 100,000 workers suffer an injury that prevents them from immediately returning to work.
These numbers leave many workers and citizens wondering, “What are the most common types of Oklahoma construction accidents today?”
Research from the BLS shows three major causes for such incidents, including:
- Slip and Fall Accidents– More than one-third of all construction workers killed in 2012 lost their lives to a slip, trip, or fall.
- Contact With Objects or Equipment- More than 11 percent of workers lost their lives after being struck or pinned between machinery or equipment on the job site.
- Electrocutions- A total of 66 workers died after coming in contact with a live source of electricity.
If you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury that was no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for losses such as medical expenses or unpaid wages. The processes of filing for such compensation can be complex, and having an Oklahoma personal injury attorney by your side may prove beneficial.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, years of experience have given us the knowledge to answer any questions you may have regarding a construction accident you were involved in. So call us anytime at (877) 579-6800 to discuss your legal rights.