Health & Safety Hazards in the Construction Industry

Construction work is considered to have the largest number of fatalities reported for any industry sector. In fact, construction site work injuries involving contractors accounted for 12% of all fatal work injuries in 2011. About 13 workers die every day.

Physical Hazards

Physical hazards are present in every construction project. The leading causes of physical injuries on site are falls from height, motor vehicle crashes, excavation accidents, electrocution, machines, and being struck by falling objects. Falls from height is the most common cause of injury in construction work.

Chemical Hazards

Construction workers are not only vulnerable to physical injuries, but health injuries as well that may include chemical hazards such as asbestos, synthetic fibers, metal fumes or other harsh chemicals. Severe illnesses have been linked to these hazards. Elevated death rates from cancer of the lung and respiratory tree have been found among asbestos insulation workers, roofers, welders and some woodworkers. Lead poisoning occurs among bridge rehabilitation workers and painters. If untreated, lead poisoning can cause permanent damages.

If you have been injured on the job, contact us immediately.

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Our firm is dedicated to act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues. As such, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for the country we live in, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance and representation from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Marvin Anderman and the firm family of Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP