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Construction violations that might threaten your life at work

You already know that working in construction is one of the most dangerous jobs you can have. At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid, we understand that although you may strictly adhere to safety regulations and take your job seriously, you still run the risk of being seriously injured or killed due to a mistake or a safety violation. In fact, safety violations are a common cause of construction fatalities in Illinois and elsewhere.

In 2015, 937 construction workers lost their lives on the job, making up 21.4 percent of all jobsite deaths that year across the country, reported the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Heavy equipment and dangerous situations, such as working from heights, can increase your chances of an accident. These factors often fall into a category of accident types known in the industry as the “fatal four,” which you may have already heard of. The fatal four include falls, being struck by an object, electrocution and being caught in or between an object. Safety authorities say that getting rid of the fatal four would prevent the deaths of 602 construction workers across the U.S. each year.

Safety standards are in place to protect you and your co-workers. However, construction workers might choose to ignore a safety rule, or your company might bypass a rule to cut corners. The most common safety violations in construction include scaffolding protection, protection against falls, respiratory protection, machinery and machine guarding, electrical protection and precautions regarding industrial trucks.

It is crucial that construction companies enforce safety standards among their employees. Our page on construction accidents explains further.

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    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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