The 5 Most Common Accidents On Construction Sites In SW Florida

The growth in the Sarasota/Bradenton area recently has resulted in lots of new construction projects from Palmetto to North Port.  While all that economic activity has been a blessing, construction sites can be dangerous and are also a common area for serious workplace accidents to take place. This isn’t a huge surprise, as there are none of the safety measures a constructed building enjoys. It is up to construction crews to put them in place for future visitors, workers, and residents to benefit from. As a result, there’s always a chance that an accident can occur on a construction site, and these are the five most common.

Electrocution


While this is the least common accident on a construction site, it is also statistically the most likely to be fatal when it does occur. Electricity is energy. The human body itself “runs” on electricity. It is low-level electrical currents in the brain and nervous system that issue orders to the body.

When electricity is introduced to the human body, it can have profound effects, such as causing blackouts, seizures, or even stopping the heart from beating. These accidents occur when people are exposed to live electrical current, often due to not being aware a current is live or taking improper safety precautions when handling electrical equipment.

Impact From Flying/Falling Objects


It’s common for people to drop objects. Unfortunately, when that object is dropped from a great height, depending on its size and mass, it can do a lot of damage to whatever it hits. Objects get dropped for a variety of reasons on construction sites. Some may be as innocent as handing a tool over to someone else, and it slips and falls from several floors up down to the ground. Others may be more serious, such as a heavy object, like an HVAC unit, being improperly harnessed while lifted and dropping.

Vehicular Accidents


Even though there is no high-speed travel on a typical construction site, people can still be struck by vehicles. Any number of factors can contribute to someone being struck by a vehicle. A heavy vehicle driver may not be aware that someone is behind them as they back up. Someone may be turning the corner onto a makeshift roadway, just as a vehicle is passing through. Whatever the case, people have been accidentally struck by vehicles on construction sites.

Falls From Height


A completed building has enclosed stairwells, guard rails, and many other safety precautions to prevent falling. However, a building under construction only has scaffolding and the frame of the building itself initially. But even in this state, workers are still required at the top of the building and other levels to complete the job.

Because of this, the slightest miscalculation, slip, or even horseplay can result in someone falling from a great height and either injuring themselves or even dying.

Slips & Falls


This is by far the most common cause of accidents at construction sites. In some cases, it may be due to something unpredictable, such as working during a storm. In other cases, it may be the result of someone’s negligence, such as leaving tools on the ground, where someone could trip on them. Whatever the case, with tools, cables, construction materials, and other items left on a surface that isn’t necessarily flat and level, slipping and falling is a common occurrence.

However, if a construction site injury occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence, we can help. Contact our construction accident lawyers to determine how you should proceed if negligence at a construction site caused you to become injured.

Video FAQ:

Injury Case Damages - How Much Can I Get?


 

Client Testimonials

Attorney David Goldman has been exceptional in the process of helping me through the case. He has always been easy to reach, whether by phone or email, and has thorough knowledge and explains clearly in depth so you feel safe and confident in your lawyer

I used Michael Babboni and his paralegal, Nicole Moore for a legal matter. They went above and beyond my expectations. During the entire process there was constant communication with both Michael and Nicole. They were extremely organized and on top of my case, which I am very grateful for. Michael truly had my best interests at heart and he was very genuine. I plan on referring Michael to all family and friends and will continue to use him in the future.

I dealt most with Mr. Fernandez. I didn’t know a lot about this process. He took the time to speak with me individually, in person, to explain everything. It was very helpful to actually know and understand the process and what to expect. He closed my case quickly, which was nice that it was not prolonged! I appreciated his hard work and getting me what I felt I deserved after my car accident. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an honest and reliable lawyer to assist you with your case!

I hired Mr. Walsh after an automobile accident this past March. He and his entire staff were extremely professional. They kept me informed every step of the way and settled my case in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help.

 

Law Offices Near You

Sarasota Office

Sarasota

941-954-1234

3550 S Tamiami Trail, 3rd Floor Sarasota Florida 34239

Bradenton Office

Bradenton

941-752-7000

5291 Office Park Blvd. Bradenton Florida 34203

St. Petersburg Office

St. Petersburg

727-381-9200

6446 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Florida 33707

Venice Office

Venice

941-496-9555

3986 S. Tamiami Trail Venice Florida 34293

Englewood Office

Englewood

941-474-4800

2960 S. McCall Rd Englewood Florida 34224

Port Charlotte Office

Port Charlotte

941-613-1141

3986 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte Florida 33952

Arcadia Office

Arcadia

863-494-0122

10 South DeSoto Avenue Arcadia Florida 34266

Fort Myers Office

Fort Myers

239-332-0770

8359 Beacon Blvd Fort Myers Florida 33907

Lakeland Office

Lakeland

863-683-5600

5137 S. Lakeland Dr. Lakeland Florida 33813
 

Get personal attention from a lawyer with decades of experience.


 
×