Construction Worker Injury Lawsuits, Settlements & Verdicts in Washington State
Construction sites are among the highest risk areas for injuries. When a construction accident occurs, construction workers and people who are visiting or walking nearby worksites typically suffer serious and life-altering injuries due to the high-risk nature of these environments.
Falls from buildings, tripping over loose equipment, improperly-installed scaffolding, falling equipment, and negligent procedures are among the most common contributing factors in construction accidents. The dangers of construction sites have resulted in countless injuries and fatalities across the state of Washington.
Although employees in the state of Washington are prohibited from suing their own employers, many people who are injured in construction accidents still have legal remedies available that may allow them to recover compensation for their injuries or the loss of a loved one. In some cases, a third party contractor or vendor may be responsible for a victim’s injuries, and victims may be able to pursue a claim against that third party.
Construction Accident Injury Statistics
According to the latest Department of Labor statistics from 2013, 4,405 construction workers were killed on the job. That means 12 workers were killed a day. Between 2002 and 2012, nearly 20 percent of all fatal workplace accidents occurred in the construction industry, according to EHS Today. And between 2010 and 2013, there were a total of 3,256 work-related fatalities among construction workers throughout the U.S.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says one in ten construction workers (about 10 percent) suffer a reportable injury on the job each year in the United States. Furthermore, Safety + Health Magazine says construction workers have a 1-in-200 chance of being killed in a workplace accident throughout the course of a 45-year career.
Falls from scaffolding, buildings, and other types of falls are responsible for the largest percentage of fatal construction accidents, according to The Center for Construction Research and Training.
Younger construction workers are at greatest risk of being killed in an accident on the job, as the U.S. National Library of Medicine says the industry sees the second-highest number of fatal injuries to workers under the age of 18.