Getting a Fair Deal for Injured Construction Workers Throughout Louisiana

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Injuries and accidents can occur in any line of work. However, the construction industry has a far higher rate of accidents and injuries per worker. The dangerous nature of the work on many construction sites leaves workers vulnerable to serious and life-changing injuries. Safety regulations that prevent catastrophic injuries and deaths must be enforced vigilantly.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that among 4,101 industry workers killed on the job in 2014, one in five of those deaths were linked to the construction industry. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Louisiana construction accident, you are far more likely to recover the compensation you deserve with legal assistance. Speak with a personal injury attorney at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault today so that your case can be reviewed.

The Fatal Four Construction Site Accidents

The construction industry is so dangerous that the term “Fatal Four” was coined to describe the four leading causes of death for construction workers. These accidents were responsible for over half of construction worker deaths in 2013.

OSHA states that eliminating accidents in these categories would save 478 lives every year. These deadly accidents are listed as follows:


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10 Common Construction Site Violations

The most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in 2014 included:


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1. Fall protection.
Falls are one of the most common causes of serious injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. Proper fall protection such as railings, floor hole covers, toe boards, harnesses and safety nets, as required under safety regulations, could prevent many of these deaths and injuries.
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2. Hazard Communication Standard.
Exposure to hazardous chemicals is a serious threat to many construction workers in the U.S. OSHA created a Hazard Communication standard in order to create clear and accurate hazard information on chemicals to improve the safe handling of toxic substances in the workplace.
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3. Scaffolding.
Many injuries and fatalities caused by scaffolding accidents could have been prevented had OSHA standards been met. A Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) study found that 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents either had the planking or support give way,slipped, or were struck by a falling object. 
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4. Respiratory Protection.
Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen, harmful dusts, smokes, gases and vapors. Without protection, these substances can cause cancer and other serious lung conditions and diseases. OSHA reports that compliance with safety standards could prevent hundreds of deaths and illnesses every year.
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5. Powered Industrial Trucks.
Many citations are handed out for safety violations involving powered industrial trucks. Truck hazards include loads falling onto workers, lift trucks that have been driven off loading docks, or workers being struck by a lift truck.
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6. Control of Hazardous Energy. 
Energy sources can be extremely hazardous to workers if not properly maintained and kept up to safety standards. Steam valves, conveyer systems, faulty wiring and other energy sources can cause serious injuries to workers during servicing and maintenance of machines.
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7. Ladders. 
Ladders pose serious fall hazards when safety regulations are not enforced. Falls are one of the most common types of work accidents, and many fatal falls involve ladders.
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8. Electrical Components and Equipment.
The electrical components and equipment used must be compliant with OSHA standards or lives are risked unnecessarily. Lack of breaker maintenance, for example, can lead to fires or electric shocks and fatal injuries to workers.
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9. Machine Guarding.
Many citations are handed out to employers regarding lax safety standards when it comes to machine guards. Moving machine parts can cause severe workplace injuries, including crushed fingers, amputations, burns and even blindness.
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10. Electrical Systems Design.
It is critically important to handle all electrical wiring in a safe manner, and to ensure that all wiring systems on the construction site are up to OSHA safety standards, in order to prevent fatalities and serious injuries due to electrocutions.

Disabling Construction Site Injuries

construction site injuriesAccording to the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, the total cost of disabling workplace injuries in 2012 was $59 billion. These injuries occur most frequently in the construction industry and include: overexertion, falls on the same level, struck by an object, falls to a lower level, bodily reactions, roadway incidents, caught in compressed by equipment or objects, repetitive motions, and struck against object or equipment.

Medical expenses pile up quickly after a construction site injury. A recent study by OSHA, found that the average cost of a lost time claim from injured roofers involved in a fall from elevation was over $106,000.

Experienced Construction Lawyers – Neblett, Beard & Arsenault

injured from work needing medical attentionAlthough workers’ compensation benefits are a necessity for an injured worker, it does not always cover the full cost of the injury when you add up lost time, loss of future wages, medical expenses, and other costs. Let our construction site accident attorneys review your facts. We may be able to seek compensation from other liable parties such as third party contractors, property owners, and equipment manufacturers.

Dealing with your injuries should be your focus. Let the attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault handle your legal issues and aggressively pursue fair compensation for you. Contact us today at (318) 561-2500 to get in touch with one of our Louisiana offices. We can then review the circumstances of your injury and advise you as to how to proceed.

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Louisiana injured accident victims have rights, and the attorneys of Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault want to help fight for them. Our attorneys understand that serious accident injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your life, and we will work hard to help you obtain compensation for your medical costs, property damage, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.
Personal injury cases can arise from a wide variety of accidents and other situations. Car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, exposure to toxic substances, and more are all avoidable circumstances that can lead to the unnecessary injury to a victim. Often, victims suffer serious injuries that leave them facing a difficult recovery or even a permanent disability. When that happens, victims should be able to focus on their health and recovery, not the complex and often frustrating details of a legal case.
When you are injured or become ill because of a dangerous drug, defective medical device, or a toxic consumer product, you are very likely not the only person to suffer. When a product harms a large number of people, a court may determine that the case can be filed as a mass tort action, which saves time, effort, and money for each individual plaintiff. Our mass tort attorneys are prepared to take on major manufacturers to get you the compensation you deserve.

Why Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Is Your Best Choice

You have a lot of choices when it comes to personal injury attorneys in the South Central U.S., so why choose us? Our results speak for themselves. Through our commitment and dedication, we are able to negotiate maximum settlements for our clients and we take pride in holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries they have caused. At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you can expect:

  • Experience in all areas of injury law. Our team of 16 attorneys has handled every type of personal injury claim—from motor vehicle accidents to nursing home abuse—and we will match our experience to your specific case. You can rest assured that we understand the best approach for your unique claim and we will pull out all the stops to fight for you.
  • Commitment to clients. We value each and every one of our clients as an individual and our entire team—from our friendly receptionist to our highly skilled attorneys—will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. You will always feel like you are our top priority and we will see your case through to the end.
  • Maximum results. Our many years of experience and knowledge of the law allow us to evaluate the strength of your case and adopt the best strategy to pursue the maximum settlement available. If more than one party may be held responsible for your injuries, we will file multiple claims to make sure you get every penny you are owed to help you recover and support your family.

While our large staff and comprehensive services offer the advantages of a big law firm, our personalized service and individual attention give our clients the feeling of a small town family firm. With Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you get the best of both worlds!

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