After the 2008 collapse of the mortgage market, both residential and commercial construction stalled. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the construction of single family homes is up 5.9%. The recovering construction business means hiring more contractors on site, new development projects, and the potential for a spike in construction related accidents. Construction developers, contractors and sub-contractors should remain aware of the potential dangers on-site, even as the excitement of a growing market creates a stir.
Construction site injuries can be some of the most hazardous and deadly to American workers. Our Asheville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping injured workers and their loved ones recover financially after an accident. Construction workers may be entitled to medical benefits and lost wages in the event of injury. It is important to file claims effectively and in a timely manner to ensure just recovery.
According to the recent report, construction of multifamily homes grew by 26% in July from the previous month. This surge in new construction increased the annual construction 5.9% since June and 20.9% since last summer. This is a significant boom in the construction business, which should raise awareness among industry leaders to pay extra attention to creating safe work zones. Creating a safe work zone and implementing policies is critical to preventing accidents and injuries.
Since the construction industry tanked in 2008, business slowed and many construction workers found it difficult to find jobs. As the economy makes a strong rebound, these same workers could be exposed to potential dangers on the work site. New construction in North and South Carolina and nationwide is likely to create additional jobs, but could pose the hazard of accidental injury or wrongful death.
The uptick of construction projects could also mean a surge in construction related accidents and injuries. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration data, construction deaths last year involved building collapses, falls, debris and faulty construction equipment, exposure to hazardous chemicals, explosions, as well as scaffolding accidents.
While there are safety regulations in place, many construction sites do not meet these standards. Accidents could be on the rise as local, state and federal agencies do not have time to make proper inspections of worksites. Recent reports have found that the number of building inspections and violations has declined. Failure to enforce safety regulations could put workers and civilians at risk.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that construction workers are properly trained, that equipment is maintained, and that work sites meet OSHA standards. Employers and other third-parties can be held accountable for negligence that results in a workplace accident. Victims may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as well as compensation pursued through third-party personal injury claims.
Though new construction business may be promising to North and South Carolina workers, remember that safety is first. If you or someone you love was involved in a work-related accident, it is important to consult with an experienced legal advocate who can review your case and protect your rights.
If you or someone you love has suffered work injury in North or South Carolina, contact the Lee Law Offices at 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.
More Blog Entries:
New Legislation Aims to Bolster OSHA Role in Worker Safety, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, May 25, 2013
Road to Recovery After Loss of Limb, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Blog, August 21, 2013