Types of Construction Site Accidents & Related Compensation
If you are a construction worker or work in the field, you likely are already aware that your place of work is not always a safe one and can be very dangerous. According to recent reports published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 20 percent of work-related casualties occur in the construction industry alone. In addition to this staggering number, there are many more non-fatal injuries that occur in the field every year.
Here, we will discuss some of the common types of construction accidents that can occur. If you work in the construction industry, being more aware of the possibility of accidents can help you be mindful of dangers associated with your job. You should always be aware that there are accidents that can occur as a result of another’s carelessness.
If you have been injured as a result of another’s negligence, consult a good lawyer and consider filing a personal injury claim. By filing a claim, you may be able to collect damages that will help you recover from your injuries. You may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits as well. Medical treatment and disability payments may also be available.
Types of Construction Site Accidents
Some of the most common types of accidents that occur on construction sites include:
Slip, Trip, or Fall Accidents – These types of accidents can occur because of unleveled flooring, electrical wires left unsecured, or equipment left on walkways. Although a majority of these accidents occur on ground level, they still have the propensity to cause serious injuries. A person who has suffered from a slip, trip, or fall accident can suffer from broken bones, serious lacerations, concussions, or other consequences.
Forklift or Other Machinery Accident – Some construction companies fail to properly train their workers on how to use workplace machinery, and this could lead to devastating accidents. Although these machines are indispensable when completing a construction project, the hazards and potential malfunctions that can occur when using the machinery are immense. Death, amputation, crushing, paralysis, and most other types of traumatic injury are possible.
Electrocutions – With an abundance of electrical equipment and open electrical wires needed for nearly every construction project, these can create significant risks of potential electrocution for workers. When a worker undergoes an electrocution, he or she can suffer first, second, or third degree burns, and even death. Never touch or try to free a person suffering electrocution as the current may travel through them, injuring you as well.
Long-Term Exposure to Harmful Chemicals – Many construction sites are filled with dust, toxins, and chemicals that construction workers are exposed to on a day-to-day basis. An overexposure, or chronic exposure, to these harmful conditions could lead to respiratory illnesses, cancer, or death.
Receive Monetary Compensation For Your Injuries, Contact the Support of a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney Today
Any injury suffered in a construction site can result in an injury or in some cases death. If your or a loved one has been injured while working in a construction site, it is crucial to obtain the legal support of a qualified lawyer promptly.
The personal injury attorneys at Heiting & Irwin have many years of dedicated experience helping injured construction workers obtain the restitution they deserve following a careless accident. Injured workers interested in filing a claim will need to do so under California’s strict time limitations. For more information and support, contact the legal support of a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.