Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Our attorneys at Golitko & Daly focus exclusively on wrongful death resulting from workplace injury. Common causes of wrongful death in Indianapolis, IN, are often related to the construction industry, and affect union laborers and their families. Although no monetary settlement can adequately compensate for the loss of your loved one, we stand ready to uncover all available payments that may be available to you as a surviving family member. With our skill and dedication to helping injured workers and their families, you can rest assured that you have proven legal expertise on your side. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us today.
OSHA reports that the construction industry accounts for 18.5% of all workplace deaths in the United States.
Industries At High Risk of Accidental Death
Employers are legally obligated to take reasonable measures to protect their workers, provide a safe work environment, and uphold OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for wrongful death. Though wrongful death can occur in any kind of workplace, certain industries are at a much higher risk. In Indiana, these include iron workers, electricians, and other union laborers. Miners, loggers, and truck drivers are also at a high risk of work-related deaths.
Common Causes of Workplace Wrongful Death
OSHA reports that the construction industry accounts for 18.5% of all workplace deaths in the United States (more than any other industry). Construction accident deaths have been found to have four main causes. Known as “the fatal four,” they include:
By its nature, construction nearly always involves workers climbing upward. Therefore, construction safety plans must contain provisions to safeguard workers from falling. Hazards that must be properly managed include unprotected sides, badly constructed scaffolding, and improper use of portable ladders.
Construction workers often work around high voltage lines. Even normal electrical equipment can result in short-circuits, exposed wires, and breaks in insulation. Tools can also contact power lines and carry electricity into the worker’s body. Employers are required to address the possibility of electrical accidents in their safety and health programs.
Being Struck by an Object
In large part, these accidents are related to workers coming into contact with heavy equipment such as cases, cranes, and trucks. However, workers are also at risk of being struck by falling or flying objects such tools, as well as concrete or masonry walls under construction. Workers must be protected from being struck by dangerous objects while they are on the job.
Caught-in or -between
Examples of "caught-in or -between" accidents include trench or excavation collapse, rotating equipment, equipment rollovers, and rigging accidents. Employers must ensure workers receive training to avoid these hazards, make sure that tools and machinery are safe, and exercise other precautions.
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Our job is to help you collect the compensation necessary to rebuild your life following the loss of a loved one due to wrongful death. We will conduct a detailed investigation into the cause of death and work to obtain your rightful compensation. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a workplace accident, please contact our experienced team today.