Workers on a construction site in Mt. Juliet were injured after the roof of the house they were building collapsed on them. Police said that the workers were hanging beams when something went wrong and one of the beams fell. When it came loose, the rest came crashing down. Mt. Juliet police reported that three workers were taken to various area hospitals, while three others were treated in nearby medical centers.
The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) has begun investigating the work site to determine what caused the incident. These investigations usually take several weeks to complete.
Top 5 Most Common Residential Construction Injuries
Approximately 1.6 million Americans work in the construction industry. Around half of those work in residential construction.
Every year, around 38,000 construction accident injuries are reported. Many of these injuries are serious enough to warrant that the worker spend time away from work.
Residential construction injuries come in many forms. Here are the top five most common OSHA violations in the industry:
- Scaffolding accidents, which usually occur when planking or supports give way or when workers slip or are struck by falling objects from scaffolds
- Slips, trips and falls, especially from heights of six feet or more
- Injuries on ladders due to failure to follow proper protocol
- Head injuries from impacts, falling or flying objects or from electrical shock
- Injuries sustained on improperly or partly constructed stairways
The effects of construction site injuries go far beyond the initial pain and suffering. Victims can face expensive medical bills, lost wages, diminished capacity for work and some injuries cause lifelong problems. If you suffer injury in a residential construction accident, speak to an attorney to determine your best course moving forward.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27