West Virginia construction jobs increased by over 14% in the year 2017 compared and Governor Justice predicts that it will continue to increase as the state prepares for its investment in major construction projects. While this construction is great for our residents who will see an increase in construction employment opportunities, it also warns our Wheeling construction accident attorneys to expect an increase in construction accident cases. Construction injuries and death are commonly due to falls, construction vehicles and equipment accidents, and electrocutions.
Specific construction job dangers
Our construction team at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman frequently see construction accident cases in our office and listed below are the different construction jobs related to the injuries we see most often.
- Roofers – Roofers have the highest fatality rate of any other construction job. Roofers spend their days navigating the roofs of houses and buildings and injuries and death related to falling from the roof happen all too often.
- Construction laborers – Laborers are the workers that are literally doing the heavy lifting at construction sites. Their job entails things such as loading and unloading building materials, preparing and cleaning the construction site, and the building and takedown of scaffolding.
- Iron and steel workers at construction sites are responsible for setting up the bones of the structure. They put beams and columns in place to anchor the building. They often navigate those beams at extremely high and dangerous heights and as a result, they sustain a lot of falls.
- First line supervisors – First line supervisors in construction are responsible for day-to-day operations at construction sites. Their jobs may include scheduling and assigning construction activities, training construction workers in operation of equipment and safety measures, and conducting safety inspections for the project, the construction equipment, and the overall construction site.
- Equipment and machinery operators – Equipment and machinery operators commonly sustain injuries when equipment navigates uneven terrain and rolls over, when brakes are not locked and operators are run over by their own equipment, and when they are struck by other equipment and machinery or falling material and construction loads.
- Electricians – Electricians’ work-related risks include being injured or killed due to electric shock, fires, and explosions. They are also often exposed to dangerous conditions such as mold and diseases from birds and rat droppings.
- Painters – Painters paint walls and exteriors from up high to down low. They are constantly on the move and often have to navigate paint, equipment, and scaffolding all at the same time, which makes a perfect recipe for trips, slips, and falls.
Our Wheeling construction accident attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman are construction law and personal injury experts who have secured financial recoveries for many construction accident clients including a recent $1.3 million dollar recovery for a man who was run over by a dump truck at a construction site. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact our team to schedule a consultation so that we can help you secure the compensation that you deserve.