Construction Accidents

Worker balances PVC pipe while walking on scaffolding at a construction site. Exponent investigates construction accidents.

Assess and prevent construction-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities

Exponent investigates construction accidents — including falls, equipment-related incidents, impacts and collapses, and electrocutions — and helps clients apply past lessons to prevent future accidents and failures.

How do you assess and prevent construction accidents?

Exponent has worked in construction failure analysis for over 50 years and has multidisciplinary expertise in assessing and preventing the leading causes of construction fatalities — falls, strikes from falling objects, electrocution, equipment accidents, and entrapment by building materials.

Exponent provides multidisciplinary expertise at every accident response stage

First priority for Exponent is rescue and recovery of the victims, which often requires Exponent's engineering knowledge for stabilization and extraction. Next, we evaluate the accident area and unsafe conditions, such as unstable debris or dangerous materials, addressing these so investigation and site clearing can begin. We determine possible causes as well as additional hazards related to similar site conditions and recommend implementation of appropriate repairs.

Preserving key evidence is critical

A critical aspect of Exponent's response is the preservation of key evidence, which enables our consultants to continue investigating accidents after construction has resumed. Our preservation activities include photographic and or photogrammetric site documentation and securing materials or components involved in the accident for lab testing.


Exponent's highly qualified team of engineering consultants help identify potential safety risks and assess construction accidents, injuries, and failures so you can address and overcome safety challenges.

Our Capabilities Are Unparalleled

With expertise in over 90 disciplines and hundreds of capabilities, tools, and methodologies — we get to the root of even the most complex challenges and give you the objective answers you need.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.