Construction jobs are often considered one of the most dangerous occupations in Alabama because of the moving parts, equipment, height requirements and close quarters. If you’re a construction worker, you likely understand how construction accidents can potentially cause serious injuries or even death.
How do construction site fatalities occur?
One of the most common ways construction site fatalities occur is due to “struck by” accidents. These accidents involve a worker getting hit by an object, usually from a height or propelled by a machine. Worker electrocution is another cause of casualties, especially if the worker operates machinery when the electricity comes into contact with them.
Falls are another leading cause of construction site fatalities. Workers fall from roofs, scaffolds or ladders and sustain severe injuries. Even a fall from a relatively short height can be catastrophic. Finally, construction workers can also die from asphyxiation if exposed to toxic fumes or become trapped in a collapse.
Wrongful death lawsuits
In some cases, the family of a construction worker who dies on the job may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action that a surviving family member can file against someone who has caused the death of another person through negligence or recklessness. It involves the deceased person’s family seeking damages from the responsible party. If you’ve lost a loved one in a construction accident, you may wonder if you have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
The consequences of a construction site fatality can be far-reaching and include an impact on the victim’s family and loved ones, who must cope with the tragedy of losing a loved one. But there’s also the financial impact on the family. A construction worker who dies on the job leaves behind dependents who may now be struggling to make ends meet. That’s why taking the necessary steps to protect your rights and pursue any legal action that may be available is crucial.