Structural Failure Work Accidents and Injuries

structural failure work accidentsIf you have ever worked in the construction industry, you know that job sites are dangerous places. There are nails, saws, drills, and all kinds of machines with sharp edges that seem to be just waiting to jump out and hurt you. You can’t be afraid of heights and work in construction because a lot of time is spent far above the ground. There are chemicals, electricity, and large machines to deal with, too. Trust us, it’s dangerous.

Or better, trust the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

(1) 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. On average, more than 93 a week or more than 13 deaths every day.

(2) Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015, 937 or 21.4% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (64.2%) the construction worker deaths in 2015. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 602 workers’ lives in America every year.

Structural Failure Work Accidents and Injuries – Expert Witness

How many of these incidents involved the structural failure of some component or system? How many were caused by a flaw in engineering or design? Those numbers are more difficult to gather because it involves a serious investigation by a qualified expert to reach those types of conclusions. But they do happen.

For example, as part of the “injury due to fall” category there are many incidents involving scaffolding. These structures are sometimes not put together properly, or they are just too old. How can you tell which? An engineering expert who specializes in construction is prepared to find out.

Struck by an object. Why did an object cause someone to be injured? Was it a failure in design, or in the way it was installed? Once again, an engineering expert can find out.

Ladder Accidents. Very common incidents, but what was the cause? Was it a slip, or was the ladder improperly overloaded with equipment? Did part of the ladder fail? Was the ladder damaged? Was there a defect? These are all questions that an engineering expert will consider and examine.

Justin Hall has extensive experience investigating construction-related accidents and injuries. His design background as well as hands-on expertise in various building trades has allowed him to contribute expert testimony in depositions and court cases for over 8 years.

Reaching Justin can be accomplished by calling (501) 436-0091 or clicking here for a short contact form. You will receive a prompt response.