Recent reports indicate that North Carolina's construction industry is on solid footing and that it can expect steady growth this year and in the near future. While that is good news for the state's economy and construction workers, it must also be acknowledged that some of those workers will suffer injuries in an industry plagued by safety issues and accidents.
Workers' compensation is there as a safety net for those who are employed. It helps provide compensation for medical bills and lost wages in the event of an injury on the job. Families even benefit from death benefits if a loved one suffers a fatal injury at work.
The deaths of two men who were killed last month while performing construction work and drainage maintenance in the Wilmington, North Carolina area are being investigated. The accident happened when the backhoe that they were operating struck an active power line. The 55-year-old and 49-year-old men were unloading concrete vaults with the backhoe when the deadly incident occurred.
Earlier this year, three workers were killed and one was seriously injured when scaffolding fell during the construction of a high-rise building in downtown Raleigh. The North Carolina Department of Labor recently fined three of the companies that were involved in that construction project.
Construction workers in North Carolina face many dangers, including the risk of falling from a high place. Workers’ compensation is in place to protect you in these cases, and to ensure that you are financially covered while you recover. Due to the complexity of the laws involves, sometimes legal representation is necessary to get the compensation to which you are entitled after a construction accident.
Portable ladders are perhaps one of the most common tools found on North Carolina construction sites. Yet, ladder falls remain a common source of injuries throughout the country. OSHA has set out specific rules regarding ladder use to make sure you are staying safe.
Whether you have worked on it or simply seen it, it seems pretty obvious that working on scaffolding can be a very dangerous job. Falling from these structures, even when you are not too far up, can result in some fairly serious injuries, even death. As such, there are specific rules that anyone on scaffolding must follow.
Not long ago we posted about a scaffolding accident in Raleigh that resulted in three construction workers being killed when the platform that they were on collapsed. As the investigation continues into what caused the accident, the information it uncovers reveals that while construction sites in North Carolina are safer than they were even a few years ago, work remains to be done to reduce the risk of construction site injuries and deaths.
One of the dangers to workers at a construction site is the risk being struck by falling objects. Sometimes, the risk is that what falls may be the workers themselves. That is what happened when scaffolding collapsed during the construction of a commercial building in Raleigh, North Carolina, resulting in the deaths of three workers for a subcontractor on the project and seriously injuring a fourth.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of fatal occupational accidents for many fields of work, including the construction industry. For North Carolina, examination of the BLS data reveals that there is no one prevailing source of fatal incidents.