A construction site in Sun Valley was recently the site of a workplace accident that left two workers with minor injuries. The early afternoon incident on November 6 happened when a wall fell, injuring the two men. They were transported to the local medical center, one with undisclosed injuries and the other with a leg injury, but both were treated and released the same day.
The regional OSHA director said that a preliminary investigation would be launched, which is probably a good thing since the published account of the accident leaves some doubt over what actually happened. Both workers received some medical treatment, but the president of operations for the contracting firm employing them stated that this was done only out of “an abundance of caution” and claimed that there were no actual injuries. He may have used an abundance of caution when choosing his words to describe the accident, saying that “The wall didn’t fall on them. They were struck by it.”
Three years ago, another falling wall in the same residential development project fell with more serious consequences: One man died and four others were injured. The contractors involved ultimately received two citations each and a total of under $12,000 in fines from OSHA. The description of the wall collapse in the more recent incident seems surprisingly similar to what happened then.
The man who died in the 2014 incident was buried and crushed by the collapsed wall. One of the injured men was also crushed, while the others were hurt when they jumped clear of the collapse (which was on the second floor). These two situations—crushed by a collapsing structure or hurt in a fall—are two of the top causes of death for construction workers. They’re part of what OSHA refers to as the “Fatal Four,” which accounted for two-thirds (64 percent) of on-the-job deaths in the construction industry in 2015.
A total of 937 workers died while working in construction that year, more than 20 percent of all worker fatalities (4,379). By sheer numbers, jobs in construction-related fields remain the most dangerous. Injury statistics aren’t well documented, but in 2015, Idaho saw a total of thirty-six on-the-job deaths, including four in construction. The situation here is unusual, in that we see more deaths in mining, forestry, and similar occupations because a higher proportion of Idaho jobs involve natural resource industries than most other states.
When you’ve been injured on the job, you want to be made whole. That means not only making a speedy recovery, but also getting compensation for any lost wages and income, as well as all future medical expenses related to the injury. It’s important to hold responsible those who allowed the injury to happen through negligence or unsafe practices. That’s why you need an experienced construction accident attorney on your side.
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