As a construction worker, you take great pride in ensuring the quality and safety of every job you complete. Unfortunately, accidents can happen from time to time. In this case, there is a chance that those working on the project could be injured. Understanding the most common causes of construction accidents can help you take the necessary steps to keep yourself, and your coworkers, safe on the job.
Here are five of the most common types of construction site accidents:
- Construction site falls: From roofing falls to crane falls among other types, this is always a concern.
- Electrical accidents: Electrocution, electric shock, and other related accidents on the job site can lead to serious injury.
- Welding accidents: These can be caused by exposure to high temperatures, UV light, and welding fumes.
- Falling objects: When overhead work is being completed, the risk of falling objects is always a concern.
- Trench collapses: When trenches are dug for projects, such as burying power lines or plumbing, the risk of collapse is very real.
Construction workers usually accept some degree of risk when working. But, when there is an accident due to negligence, then the construction worker may be eligible for compensation.
How to Stay Safe at the Construction Site
It is imperative to do whatever it takes to stay safe while working on a construction site. Here are a few tips that you can use to stay safe:
- Complete all required training: Most construction equipment requires extensive training before using the machines. Ensure all training is completed before using the equipment.
- Wear protective gear: Construction protective gear, like hardhats and padding, may not prevent an accident from happening, but it can reduce the severity of the injury.
- Report unsafe work conditions: Construction sites should follow all required safety protocols. Reporting unsafe work conditions not only protects you but also your coworkers.
- Follow OHSA regulations: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires certain site regulations and rules to be followed. These are to ensure safety.
Many construction accidents are due to employees, or team leaders, ignoring safety protocols and regulations. This is considered negligence, and if you were injured as a result, you may have a case. If you have been injured, regardless of the cause, you may be able to receive compensation.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Even if negligence is not a factor, you may have compensation options available through workers’ compensation. Employers provide construction workers with workers’ compensation to cover the costs in the event that an accident occurs. While the filing process should be easy, this is not always the case. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you evaluate your case.
Contact one of our experienced construction site accident attorneys today to discuss your injuries and determine if you have a case.