Common Causes of Construction Related Deaths

According to the United States Department of Labor, of all worker deaths in private industries, one in five of these deaths are in construction. Of those construction deaths, over 55 percent of them are a result of falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, and getting caught in or in-between objects or equipment.

Falls account for over 35 percent of all construction related deaths. In fact, they are so common that many states, such as New York City, have specific laws regarding construction related falls. According the website of Hach Rose LLP, a New York firm specializing in personal injury, New York has a strict liability statute applying to gravity-related injuries such as a worker falling from a height or an object falling and striking a worker, the second most common cause of death at 10 percent.

The third most common cause of construction death is electrocution. These are often caused by faulty wiring, overhead and underground power line safety problems, or electrical hazards with standing pools of water. Safety violations related to electrical equipment are so common that they are ranked twice on OSHA’s top 10 most frequently cited violations.

Another common, high ranking violation for OSHA is machinery and machine guarding requirements. These violations often result in about 3 percent of workers getting caught in or in-between construction objects or equipment.

Simply being aware of the dangers associated with unsafe construction sites is not enough. Even when construction workers are safe, deaths may be caused by negligence on behalf of the contractor or property manager. The website of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. states that although the laws and regulations pertaining to construction in the U.S. are quite strict, there are a number of professionals who are willing to gamble with safety regulations in order to save on time, labor costs, or expenses for materials. By doing so, they endanger the lives of workers and future occupants.

Differences Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce

Deciding to get a divorce can often be stressful for both partners. Considering the fact that issues regarding division of property, debt, child custody, child support, and spousal support are a large part of every divorce, the act of separating from your partner can be a long and difficult process. Therefore, it is important to weigh out your options when determining how to best go about the process of getting a divorce.

Divorce is often handled in one of two ways. Either the couple is able to agree on several terms out of court, or they ask the court to decide for them. This is essentially the difference between contested and uncontested divorce.

According to the website of Marshall & Taylor, PLLC, nearly 90 percent of all divorces in the United States end in uncontested divorce. A common misconception is that the majority of divorces result in heated legal battles between spouses. However, many couples either still feel a strong connection to their partners or simply want to get the process over with as soon and as easily as possible in order to move on with their lives. An uncontested divorce should always be your first option. Setting mutual terms outside of court always couple to bypass lengthy and costly legal proceedings.

Unfortunately, agreement on all matters cannot always be settled outside of court. In this case, the help of the court is often necessary. While much less common, only about 1 percent of divorces are contested, this type of divorce is much more expensive due to its complexity and necessity of an attorney. In addition, contested divorces often result in animosity between the two partners.