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Construction Accident Investigation

Construction Accident Investigation

When a construction accident occurs, Envista understands the need to perform a prompt and thorough accident investigation, regardless of the severity or size of the loss, the extent of injuries or fatalities, or nuanced details. Time is often of the essence in evaluating the cause and origin of the accident, determining the liability and interested parties, and reviewing the potential for subrogation. We recognize that construction site accidents can lead to catastrophic property damage and result in growing legal exposure stemming from a personal injury due to unsafe job sites to fires, explosions, and building collapses.

Envista's construction experts are versed in the investigation of construction site accidents, near-misses, injuries, and fatalities. When a construction accident takes place, our team is regularly called in to investigate and provide clarity in determining:

  • What caused the accident
  • How much will the loss cost and who is liable
  • How to reduce risk and prevent future accidents
  • Existing and potential safety hazards
  • Project compliance with safety regulations

Causes of Construction Accidents

Hundreds of thousands of construction site accident injuries occur each year.1 The most common causes of construction accidents are due to falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and caught-in-betweens, which typically happen when there are violations or non-compliant operations or safety rules regulated by acts or organizations like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Occupational Health & Safety (OHS), AIHS, or WSH. Accidents also occur when costs and schedules are put ahead of worker safety, or workers are not properly trained on safety and heavy equipment, all aspects that can generally be avoided.

Common causes of construction site accidents include:

  • Cave-ins or collapsing materials
  • Falling objects
  • Lack of safety precautions and protection for workers
  • Missing guards or protections on power tools
  • Slips and falls due to unsafe conditions
  • Unsafe conditions
  • Deficient equipment and machinery
  • Insufficient training and experience
  • Mechanical defects or electrical failures of power tools and machinery
  • Power line electrocutions
  • Tripping hazards from construction materials and debris
  • Vehicle accidents from forklifts, graders, backhoes, or dump trucks

Construction Safety Consultants

Safety is the number one concern at a construction site. It's important to ensure that potential hazards are avoided or eliminated, even though history tells us that these precautions can be easily overlooked or forgotten. It is imperative to follow and enforce health and safety standards, rules, and regulations based on organizations like OSHA to keep everyone safe while on a construction site. Envista's construction safety consultants have years of training in improving safety on construction sites. Our goal is to ensure your site stays safe and compliant.

OSHA Expert Witness

Following a serious construction accident, in the United States, OSHA requires an investigation. OSHA investigation reports contain the professional opinions of the investigating engineer, opinions of the incident root cause, and factual data and findings.2 Envista's expert witnesses regularly evaluate OSHA safety standards and provide testimony regarding compliance with OSHA workplace safety guidelines.

Sources

1 https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf

2 https://www.osha.gov/construction/engineering

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