Construction Accidents | Georgia Personal Injury Blog
Forklifts, also known as powered industrial trucks, lift trucks, fork hoists, or fork trucks, are a vital piece of machinery in most warehouses and yards.
While vital, forklifts are also dangerous and can easily cause injury to their operators or bystanders. If you have been injured in a forklift accident you may have grounds for a civil lawsuit.
Welders face a number of occupational hazards on a daily basis. They are routinely exposed to flames, hot or sparking arcs, flying debris, and slag vapor. Welding accidents account for approximately 25% of fatal workplace accidents and include approximately one-third of all nonfatal amputations, as stated by Water Welders. Approximately 1,000 welders suffer injury for every 100 million work hours. This is much higher than the average injury rate for other workers. Welding safety hazards include:
- Fire and explosions
- Exposure to gasses and fumes
- Physical hazards, including cuts, crushing, and burns
Falling objects are one of the leading causes of work-related fatalities. “Struck-by” incidents rank among OSHA’s “Fatal Four” hazards in the construction industry. OSHA safety standards are designed to prevent injuries to workers from falling objects. Many falling materials accidents are caused by negligence.
Falling debris can cause severe injuries to both construction workers and pedestrians in Atlanta. Being struck by an object is one of OSHA’s “fatal four” leading causes of death for workers in the construction industry. Bystanders simply walking in the vicinity of a construction project can also be seriously injured or killed by falling debris, tools, or other objects, if the proper safety measures are not taken.
Workers on construction sites may not be aware of potential electrical hazards, which makes them more vulnerable to serious accidents. An electrical current cannot be seen, heard, or smelled — only felt, at which point it is too late to avoid injury. Contractors, site managers, and employers have a responsibility to inspect the jobsite, identify potential electrical hazards, post warning signs, and erect barricades to protect workers from harm.
Trenches are narrow channels dug out of the earth with heavy equipment. They are used for laying or repairing underground utility lines, such as gas, water, or sewage. Trenches are also common in road construction projects.
Christmas lists, Black Friday shopping, and warehouse accidents seem to go together hand in hand. As a mad dash comes into retail stores, heavy machinery and seasonal workers combine behind the scenes to get the product out and ship the gifts on time. Injuries can and do happen. However, this shouldn’t be the case.
A male sub-contractor was killed in a fatal GA construction accident after falling from a hydraulic lift at an Atlanta high school. According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fatal falling accident occurred at Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta. Officials say the victim was a sub-contractor involved in the expansion of the school. He fell approximately 20 feet from the hydraulic lift and suffered fatal injuries. It is unclear how or why the accident occurred. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident.
There are many types of lifts that are used at Atlanta construction sites. Construction contractors often have to work from elevation by using elevating work platforms, boom-supported elevating work platforms, hydraulic lifts, and scissor lifts. These machines can be extremely useful, but they are also very dangerous.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) online magazine, Occupational Health & Safety, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is set to release its 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) later this month, on August 25. Previous statistics have shown a trend of decreasing fatalities in connection to the economic recession, especially in construction. Many are curious as to whether this trend continued through 2010.
According to previous CFOI reports, occupational fatalities had dropped dramatically in 2009 from those in 2008 as the result of the weakened economy. In 2009, there were about 4,340 worker fatalities, which was a 17 percent drop from the final 5,214 in 2008. The number of fatalities in 2009 was the lowest preliminary annual count in the CFOI’s history. The greatest decline in fatalities was in construction.
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