A man was airlifted to a local hospital in Tampa Friday morning after firefighters rescued him from a construction accident under the Interstate 75 overpass.
The man was apparently working on the construction site when an unknown accident took place around 11 a.m.
He was apparently working in a 9-foot deep ditch when the wet dirt gave way and buried him.
His current condition is unknown.
Construction workers have one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one in ten construction site workers are injured on the job every year across the U.S. In fact, there are nearly 150,000 construction site accident injuries every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you were injured while working on a construction site, you may be able to seek financial compensation for damages.
While injured construction workers may face limited rights under the state of Florida’s Worker’s Compensation Laws, there are ways to obtain compensation from the negligent parties that contributed to your injuries. When an accident on a construction site occurs, the owners, architects, insurance companies and manufacturers of equipment may be held accountable for failing to supply workers with a safe environment. In general, the contractor and any subcontractors are required to supply workers with a reasonably safe site, free from hazardous objects and toxic substances. Additionally, they must properly train all employees, enforce building safety codes, warn all employees of any danger zones and coordinate job safety. Despite various safety regulations, workers face many risks when on construction sites resulting in numerous injuries every year.
Many serious work-related injuries are due to falls from great heights. However, even something as minor as tripping over a misplaced piece of piping can deliver devastating injuries. The most common construction site injuries include:
• Broken Bones or Fractures
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Burn Injuries
• Scarring and Disfigurement
• Wrongful Death
If you or a loved one suffered a construction site injury, the Florida Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can protect your rights and fight for the just compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today online or call our Tampa office 813-221-3200. Reach us 24/7 statewide and toll-free by dialing 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).