Employee injured in Palm Beach construction accident after equipment falls on him

A man was hospitalized after being injured in a Palm Beach construction accident when a piece of equipment fell on him, ABC 25 reported.

The construction accident occurred on Okeechobee Boulevard when a scissor lift toppled over and fell on the man. He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Construction workers are at high risk for a serious or fatal work accident. Nationwide, nearly 3.7 million non-fatal work injuries were reported in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 5,000 employees were killed in work accidents. While the number of injuries has decreased in response to the economic downturn, the rate of construction accidents has remained constant: 383 construction accidents are reported per 10,000 workers. Nationwide, 31,310 construction workers were injured on the job in 2008.

Construction workers reported the most fatal accidents of any industry in 2008 — a total of 969 employees were killed on the job.

Overall fatal work accidents declined in Florida, from 363 in 2007 to 290 in 2008.

Fatal Florida work accidents by event:

-Transportation: 107

-Assault or violence: 56

-Contact with object or equipment: 41

-Falls: 39

-Exposure to harmful substances: 38

-Fires or explosions: 6

An employer has an obligation to provide equipment that is in good repair and free from defects. An employee has a right to be provided with proper training and safety equipment. Employees who are injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In other cases, where a defective vehicle or piece of equipment is involved, or in cases where the negligence of other contractors contributes to a serious or fatal accident, a personal injury lawsuit may also be filed to collect damages for injuries, medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.