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construction Unfortunately, workplace injuries and deaths are quite common in Florida and throughout the United States. If you have lost a loved one in an on-the-job accident, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami workplace accident attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand the devastation that an unexpected death can have on a family, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.

Although the national average of workplace deaths has declined in recent years, Florida’s workplace fatalities have risen, making it the state with the third-highest number of fatal work injuries in the country. While the workplace death rate in Florida is still lower than the national average, things seem to be moving in the wrong direction. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida’s workplace fatalities rose from a rate of 2.7 for every 1,000 full-time workers to 3.1 for every 1,000 workers. Meanwhile, the national workplace fatality rate dropped from 3.43 to 3.38.

While a workplace accident can lead to death in any industry, it most often happens in construction. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one-fifth of the nationwide workplace deaths in 2015 were in the construction industry. The four leading causes of death in the construction industry were as follows:  falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in-between equipment, objects, or collapsing structures.

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craneCranes of varying sizes are used in construction projects in Florida and across the United States on a daily basis. If you or someone close to you was injured in a crane collapse accident as a bystander, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami injury attorneys understand the nuances of personal injury law and can put this knowledge to use in your case.

Whether it is a small crane or a big crane, following safety protocols is imperative. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States witnesses nearly 90 crane-related deaths per year. There may be several causes of crane collapses, including but not limited to:

  • Damaged or overly worn cables;
  • Malfunctioning stabilizers;
  • Bent, rusted, or broken beams;
  • Dropped loads;
  • Falls from the crane;
  • Crane malfunctions;
  • Collapse of the boom; or
  • Overturned cranes.

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constructionIf you have been injured in a construction accident, it is important to contact an experienced accident attorney who can help you with your case. There are a number of state and federal laws that may govern your claim. Construction cases can be complicated in that they often involve multiple parties, including site owners, general contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers of defective equipment, or other third parties. Typically, these cases require a detailed investigation of medical records, the construction site, witness statements, and any other information relevant to the case.

Construction accidents can happen for a number of reasons. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 774 construction worker on-the-job deaths in 2010. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports there were 4,609 workers killed on the job in 2011. The most common types of construction mishaps include falls, electrocutions, “struck by object,” and “caught in between” Other causes of accidents include insufficient training, crane accidents, harness accidents, slips and falls, misuse of tools, welding accidents, poor oversight, and more.

It is important to note that your lawyer will be able to determine which cause of action is most appropriate in your case. In some cases, the injured worker will file a worker’s compensation claim or a product defect claim. Most often, however, the injured party will be able to file a negligence claim against the at-fault party. Continue reading →