Oklahoma City Construction Accident Lawyers

Oklahoma City Construction Accident Lawyers

Skilled construction site accident attorneys helping injured workers and site visitors

Construction site accidents are often quite serious, causing you significant pain and suffering and medical costs, as well as disabilities and loss of wages. At Cunningham & Mears, our Oklahoma City construction accident attorneys are skilled at showing when construction companies are responsible for an accident because they failed to follow federal guidelines, state rules, local building codes, or construction industry standards. Our lawyers strive to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries and loss.

In one Oklahoma City construction case, we obtained $950,000 for a dump truck driver who was injured on a construction site. Our client, a dump truck driver on foot at a construction site, was pinned between his truck and construction equipment resulting in a broken back and pelvis. Call us today to get started on your case.

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How dangerous are construction accidents?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 21 construction workers in Oklahoma died while working. OSHA states that nearly half of all deadly occupational injuries nationwide are in the construction, transportation, and material moving occupations.

Of course, not all people injured on or near construction sites are workers; site visitors, drivers, and passers-by can also be injured. According to Work Zone Barriers, 122 pedestrians  died in work zone crashes in 2018 (the latest data available); about 62 percent of those pedestrians were not affiliated with the job site.

The risks are high outside of the direct worksite, too. In September of 2022, a crane collapsed into a building in Oklahoma City at the intersection of Sheridan and Robinson. Though the only person injured was the crane operator, people in and outside of the building were at risk.

What are the causes of construction accidents in Oklahoma City?

Our highly qualified lawyers help construction workers, onsite employees, contractors, and visitors injured in construction site accidents. When someone is injured at a construction site, we have the experience to handle a wide range of situations:

We also represent non-workers who have been injured because of:

  • Work zone crashes
  • Objects falling from scaffolds
  • Dangerous debris falling from construction sites
  • Downed power lines
  • Chemical spills
  • Fires and explosions

OSHA’s fatal four

The top four causes of construction accidents, according to OSHA, are;

  • Falls
  • Electrocution
  • Being struck by an object
  • Being caught between equipment or other immovable objects

In 2021, “Work related fatalities due to falls, slips, and trips increased 5.6 percent in 2021, from 805 fatalities in 2020 to 850 in 2021. Falls, slips, and trips in construction and extraction occupations accounted for 370 of these fatalities in 2021, and an increase of 7.2 percent from 2020 when there were 345 fatalities.”

Oklahoma City construction companies

These are just a few of the construction companies in the Oklahoma City area who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees:

  • Reeder General Contractor
  • Redlands Contracting LLC
  • Hillside General Contractor LLC
  • Grace Contracting
  • Terra Construction Inc.
  • Maguire O'Hara Construction
  • Clark Construction
  • Wynn Construction Company Inc.
  • Pyramid Construction
  • The Gibraltar Company

What are the most common construction industry safety violations?

OSHA reports the following as the Top 10 most frequently cited standards violations for 2022. Five specifically mention construction. The others apply to construction.

  1. Fall Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  4. Respiratory Protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Scaffolding, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  6. Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Fall Protection Training, construction (29 CFR 1926.503) [related safety resources]
  9. Eye and Face Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.102)
  10. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general industry (29 CFR 1910.212)

What compensation can I receive for injuries due to Oklahoma City construction?

If you are a construction worker or employee on a construction site, a qualified workers’ compensation attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries — including medical costs, disability, and disfigurement — through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation also provides death benefits if you lose a loved one in a fatal construction accident.

Although workers’ compensation benefits are the typical form of compensation for construction workers, workers injured because of the negligence of third parties may be entitled to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. If you were injured on a construction site, but are not a construction employee at work during the time of your accident, our Oklahoma workplace accident attorneys can also help you recover compensation through personal injury litigation.

How can construction companies keep workers and others safe?

OSHA provides extensive safety regulations for construction employers and workers to help minimize the fatality and injury rate. This includes requiring personal protection equipment and head protection equipment, and following guides and regulations for using all types of construction equipment. The failure of employers to follow OSHA regulations and train employees according to OSHA safety regulations greatly increases the likelihood of serious injuries and fatal accidents.

OSHA has developed safety and health regulations for the construction industry to help both employers and employees identify, reduce, and eliminate those construction hazards that could become a threat to worker safety. These regulations cover topics such as:

  • Promoting safety for workers in confined spaces
  • Fall prevention campaigns
  • Electrical power standards
  • Trenching and excavation
  • Communication towers
  • Cranes and derricks
  • Engineering investigation reports

Do you have an Oklahoma City construction accident lawyer near me?

Cunningham & Mears meets construction accident victims and families at our two offices located in Oklahoma City.

  • One office is located at 5104 N Francis Ave., Suite 102 – just a four minute drive from Penn Square Mall with plenty of car parking nearby and easy access to the office.
  • Our other office is located at 9428 Westgate, Suite 102B, in the Brookhaven West part of Oklahoma City, just a short walk from Resurrection Cemetery and off the Northwest Expressway.

You can reach us by public transportation. We understand that some clients are too sick or are immobile. We will then meet you at your home or in a hospital. Video conferencing is also an option.

We’re seasoned construction accident lawyers. We’ll fight for all the compensation you deserve.

Skillful assistance from a construction site accident attorney in Oklahoma City

Although the construction industry is heavily regulated for safety, construction accidents are still common. If you or a loved one was injured while working at or visiting a construction site, Cunningham & Mears is devoted to helping you through this difficult time. We have the experience, resources, understanding of construction safety, and advocacy skills to help Oklahoma construction accident victims obtain just settlements and verdicts. To learn more about our services, contact us or call us to schedule a free initial consultation.

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