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Common construction site accidents.

If you work in a construction zone, you must do your best to be careful because construction site accidents are rampant. According to the OSHA or Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 20% of job-related deaths occur in the construction industry. On top of that, more construction workers suffer from work-related injuries each year.

This data may not surprise you because it is fairly obvious that a construction zone is extremely hazardous. You have nails, chainsaws, staple guns, cranes, etc. When not properly handled, all of these can result in injuries ranging from minor abrasions and burns to fatal electrocutions or falls. And even with proper care and handling, accidents can still happen.

It is vital to know what these accidents are so you can be aware of the risks when you enter a construction zone. Understanding how these common accidents happen in construction areas can help you mitigate disasters. More importantly, it will give you the presence of mind to act fast when a serious accident occurs.

Fifteen Most Frequent Construction Accidents

Injuries in a construction zone are common because of the many hazardous types of equipment that workers need to boost performance and productivity. In addition, you have live electricity and gravity to contend with, apart from risky tools.

For example, when poorly trained co-workers make one wrong move from the 4th floor, the perilous fall can result in traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures, or death. The damage sustained from this kind of workplace accident can be life-altering, depending on the severity of the situation.

Although there are numerous ways for a construction worker to get hurt on the job, you will find many common accidents regularly documented in the emergency room. For example, the top fifteen most frequent construction site accidents are as follows:

Falls From Great Heights

This is the leading accident in a construction area. It should not come as a surprise because it is common for construction workers to perform their duties perched on a high area like scaffoldings, rooftops, ladders, etc. This can result in physical injuries from minor scrapes to serious fractures like spinal cord injuries. The severity usually depends on the height of the fall and where the worker lands. Sometimes, luck also plays a role as some have gone miraculously unscathed.

Falling Debris

Construction workers don a hard hat to prevent head trauma from falling debris. However, this plastic covering can only do so much. When heavy tools, building materials, equipment, pieces of scaffolding, or other supplies fall on a person, it can do severe damage; more so when the object comes from a significant height. It can even result in fatality.

Electric Shocks

It is common to find exposed, live wires in a construction zone. In addition, you will also encounter unfinished electrical systems, incomplete circuit breakers, unfinished receptacles, or downed power lines. On top of that, there are electrical equipment, lighting fixtures, and other power issues to deal with. For these mentioned reasons, construction workers are at risk for electrical shocks or electrocution, resulting in arrhythmia or heart attack.

Burns

A live wire may not cause an electric shock, but it can still create a spark or overheat the system. When this happens, something can explode, and there will be a fire. Hence, construction workers are prone to severe burns.

Slips

Construction sites are often messy. You will encounter tools, equipment, materials, and other debris lying around. As a result, workers often trip on them. Moreover, there can be material spillage like oil, which can be slippery. Slips can be dangerous, resulting in a bone fracture. It can also result in lacerations and abrasions.

Fires or Explosions

When live wires create a spark, it can result in a massive explosion. Similarly, gas leaks can also be fatal. For example, paint thinner is highly flammable. Carbon monoxide is also toxic. The presence of both in an enclosed construction space is deadly. It also does not help that there are many flammable items on a construction site like:

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Cardboard
  • Drywall

Trench Accidents

It is common to find trenches in construction areas. After all, workers need to dig deep to lay down the foundation of any building. However, the massive excavations make the surrounding areas unstable. As a result, the ground could collapse on the workers, resulting in devastating injuries. To make things worse, people can be trapped or buried underneath piles of rubble with no way out.

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From left: Ronald E. Gluck, Marc L. Breakstone and David W. White.

We are pleased to announce that Breakstone, White & Gluck has received the highest rankings among Boston personal injury and medical malpractice law firms in the 2022 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released the 12th annual edition of “Best Law Firms” on Nov. 4th, recognizing our firm with Tier 1 rankings in personal injury law – plaintiffs and medical malpractice law – litigation in the Boston Metropolitan region.

According to the publishers, a tiered ranking reflects a firm has earned the highest level of respect and ratings from clients and other local attorneys. The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process which includes client and lawyer evaluations along with peer review from other leading attorneys in the Boston area.

To be considered for “Best Law Firms,” at least one attorney at a firm must also be recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, which released its 2022 rankings in August. This marks the 12th year our attorneys have earned individual rankings.

Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck have been recognized across these specialties:

  • Personal injury law – plaintiffs
  • Medical malpractice law – plaintiffs
  • Professional malpractice law – plaintiffs
  • Insurance law

Reza Breakstone has been named to the Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch in the following specialties:

  • Personal injury law – plaintiffs
  • Medical malpractice law – plaintiffs
  • Professional malpractice law – plaintiffs

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Mark L. Breakstone
Marc has established a reputation as one of the top personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and has represented serious injured clients for more than 30 years in Boston. His settlements and verdicts for clients include a $10.2 million settlement for a young child injured by ambulance negligence, $7.5 million for the wrongful death of a worker in a propane gas explosion and $7.1 million for a woman who was struck by an MBTA bus in a crosswalk.

David W. White
David has been recognized among the top personal injury and insurance bad faith lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. He has distinguished himself for his advocacy among clients and his leadership among Massachusetts lawyers as a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. David is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and his settlements and awards for clients include $4.35 million for a worker who suffered a serious construction accident fall and $2.5 million for his client who suffered severe burns as a result of a homeowner’s negligent use of a fire pit

Ronald E. Gluck
Ron is an accomplished trial lawyer who is highly respected by colleagues as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. He is a graduate of Boston College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His verdicts and awards for clients include $3.75 million for a motorcyclist injured by a driver’s negligence and $2.5 million for a driver who suffered spinal injuries in a truck accident.

 

Reza Breakstone
Reza has been recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Boston in the Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch and Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars rankings. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northeastern University School of Law. He represents clients in all areas of our personal injury practice, contributing to some of our firm’s most significant settlements and verdicts for clients over the past six years.

Free Legal Consultation – Boston Personal Injury Lawyers

With more than 100 years combined experience, Breakstone, White & Gluck is known for our results for clients who have been seriously injured or killed by negligence across Massachusetts. We specialize in the handling of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including when negligence results in car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian crosswalk accidents, traumatic brain injury or construction accidents. Our firm offers extensive experience in representing clients injured by bus accidents and commercial truck crashes caused by driver negligence.

If you have been injured, learn your legal rights before making any decisions. For a free legal consultation, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.

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Breakstone, White & Gluck partners

From left: Ronald E. Gluck, Marc L. Breakstone and David W. White.

We are pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has recognized Marc L. Breakstone, David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Reza Breakstone was recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch rankings. The rankings were released on August 19th.

Our attorneys were recognized among the top-ranked Boston lawyers in four specialties: personal injury law, medical malpractice law, professional malpractice and insurance law. This is the 12th consecutive year our attorneys have been featured in The Best Lawyers in America. This is the second year Attorney Reza Breakstone has been included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, now in its second edition.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America highlights the professional excellence, experience and achievements of lawyers across the U.S. What makes the ratings so valuable is the peer-review process. Attorneys are selected based on feedback from other lawyers who are familiar with their experience and results for clients. This year, Best Lawyers rated lawyers across 147 practice areas, with more than 10.8 million evaluations analyzed in the United States. Approximately 5 percent of attorneys in private practice in the U.S. were selected.

Best Lawyers publishes its rankings annually in partnership with U.S. News & World Report and other leading local, regional and national publications.


Recognition for Breakstone, White & Gluck


Attorney Marc L. Breakstone – The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)

Marc L. Breakstone

Marc L. Breakstone

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Read more about Marc.


Attorney David W. White – The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)

David W. White - Boston Personal Injury Lawyer

David W. White

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Insurance Law

Read more about David.


Attorney Ronald E. Gluck – The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)

Ronald E. Gluck

Ronald E. Gluck

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Read more about Ron.


Reza Breakstone – Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2022 Edition)

Reza Breakstone

Ronald E. Gluck

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Professional Malpractice Law

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Read more about Reza.


Free Legal Consultation – Boston Personal Injury Lawyers

Breakstone, White & Gluck fights for justice for those who have been seriously injured by negligence. Our personal injury lawyers have a passionate commitment to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of our clients. After a serious injury, we are committed to helping our clients return to good health and economic well-being as quickly as possible.

With 100+ years combined experience, our attorneys have won record-setting verdicts and settlements in negligence, product liability and medical malpractice cases across Massachusetts. We have been consistently recognized for our results for clients, including by U.S. News Best Law Firms, Best Lawyers in America, Top 100 New England Super Lawyers and Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Our attorneys specialize in all areas of personal injury law, representing those injured by negligence in car accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian crashes. We have extensive experience in the areas of truck crashes and bus accidents as well as construction accidents, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death.

If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, learn about our personal injury attorneys. We share our results for clients in past cases on our website. You can also hear from some of the clients we have helped on our testimonials page.

For a free legal consultation, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck at 1-800-379-1244 or 1-617-723-7676. You can also use our contact form.

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