We are learning more about a Kansas City construction worker who was killed at the end of last month in a worksite incident. The man, Dakota O’Sullivan, fell 23 stories from a building under construction at 1511 Baltimore downtown. He was employed by a subcontractor hired by the company who controls the site.
At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we know that the construction industry has more risks than most. We also know that construction companies and contractors should ensure that safety is their number one priority. If you need a construction accident attorney in Kansas City, Mo, call us today so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
A Risky Industry
Working in construction is certainly riskier than other jobs, but the industry has made major safety improvements over the last few decades. However, out of the 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries reported to the BLS during the latest reporting year, construction injuries were a leading contributor.
When it comes to fatalities, construction worker deaths accounted for over 20% of all work-related deaths in the country. If we look closely at the top ten most frequently cited violations at construction sites, we can see how many injuries and fatalities occur:
- Fall protection violations
- Hazard communication standard violation
- Scaffolding problems
- Respiratory protection violations
- Control of hazardous energy
- Ladder violations
- Powered industrial truck violations
- Fall protection training problems
- Machinery/machine guarding issues
- Eye and face protection problems
Some of the common injuries we see that occur due to construction accidents are:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken or Dislocated Bones
- Lacerations or Amputations
- Respiratory Problems
- Hearing and Vision Loss
In the death mentioned in the introduction, we are not sure what caused O’Sullivan’s fall, but it likely could have been prevented. In many cases, construction companies fail to provide their workers with the equipment necessary to do their jobs. Other times, training is inadequate and not updated.
Third party contractors are also a factor when it comes to construction incidents. There are times when the third party has different safety standards (higher or lower) than the company they are assisting. This can cause safety problems for the contractor and for the main company.
Moving Forward From Here
If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, please consider seeking legal assistance. These cases can become difficult, but Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. is ready to be your advocate. We will work diligently to investigate the situation and work to secure the compensation you deserve, including:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible
In many cases, construction incidents are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, but there are scenarios in which personal injury lawsuits are appropriate. When you need a construction accident attorney in Kansas City, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 816-941-8949.