Construction Site Safety and Fires
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are more than 4,800 construction site fires every year which cause approximately $35 million in property loss. These fires are more likely to cause more damage than a residential fire because they tend to have little protection from fire in the form of working smoke detectors or sprinklers.
As a result of these fires, workers, firefighters, and even the general public can be put in danger. Common injuries sustained during a construction fire include smoke inhalation, burns, broken bones, and even death.
What are the Causes of Construction Site Fires?
These types of fires can have all sorts of causes, and some of the most common include:
- Vandalism and other criminal activity – Construction sites without proper fencing, cameras, and other security measures are more likely to be the target of vandalism resulting in a fire.
- Smoking – Many employees smoke on the job, including construction workers. With lots of heavy equipment and fuel in the construction area, a cigarette can easily trigger a fire.
- Heaters – Workers often use space heaters when working in colder temperatures. Unattended heaters or those placed near combustible items can also result in fire.
- Electrical – Fires can also be caused by shoddy, exposed, or faulty wiring.
- Cooking – Construction workers often cook meals right on the job site using items such as hot plates, coffee machines, and even power tools, which can all lead to fires.
These are just a few of the conditions which can cause a construction site fire that results in serious injuries.
Construction Site Safety Facts
Here are a few facts to help you better understand construction fires.
- Firefighters injured in construction fires are twice as likely to be hit or struck by falling debris and other objects than at fires on other sites.
- The risk for construction site fires increases throughout the work day.
- 71% of construction site fires are caused by open flames and arson.
- In March 2014, a construction fire at an apartment building in Houston put many workers in danger, and one even had to jump from story to story to escape serious injury.
Construction Site Accident Lawyer
With an approximate 11 construction fires per day, every worker at the site of a construction fire or explosion, as well as any visitors or people nearby, are at risk of injury. If you or someone you know was injured in a construction site accident due to poor safety standards or other reasons, it is important to act quickly. Get help with your construction accident claim with a no obligation consult with Arnold & Itkin. We do not charge any fees unless we win your case.