In 2009 alone, 605 workers were killed and over 210,000 were injured in slip and fall accidents in the workplace. Construction sites are the number one workplace for serious slip and fall accidents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Construction sites pose a number of hazards that can cause a slip and fall accident. These hazards include:
- Slippery or cluttered walking surfaces;
- Holes in floors and walls;
- Unstable or badly-positioned ladders and scaffolding; and
- Defective or improperly-used fall prevention devices.
To help cut down on the major risks that can cause accidents, occupational health and safety offices at the state and federal level have implemented a vast number of regulations for construction sites. When these are ignored or violated, however, serious slip and fall injuries can result.
Missouri construction slip and fall accidents also result in high costs, especially for the person injured. The CDC estimates that $70 billion in medical bills, lost wages, and other costs result from construction site slip and fall injuries each year. Workers’ compensation insurance may cover some of these costs for injured workers, but this coverage is not available for those who are injured on construction sites when they are not actively working there.
If you or someone you love has been injured on a construction site, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, insurance, or other compensation. At Page Law, our experienced St. Louis slip and fall injury lawyers are dedicated to helping injured people seek the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.