As a construction worker, you must always realize one thing to be true: An accident could occur at any time.
Even though you and your coworkers, along with your employer, take steps to avoid trouble on the job site, there is no guarantee that nothing untoward will ever happen.
Construction workers can be injured in many types of accidents. Unfortunately, there are also times when a construction accident leads to the death of one or more people.
Some of the most common causes of construction site accidents include:
- Slip-and-fall. This can happen on the ground or at height. Either way, if a person slips on a construction site, he or she could suffer a serious injury. There are many causes of construction site slip-and-falls, such as debris on the ground.
- Falling objects. On many construction sites, people are working at height. For example, there may be several people on scaffolding and/or the roof of a building. If an object falls from above, it could cause a serious head or neck injury to somebody standing below.
- Equipment related accidents. Heavy machinery goes a long way in allowing construction workers to do a better job. Unfortunately, this can also cause serious injury if the operator makes a mistake.
- Fires and explosions. It's not uncommon for a construction site to contain a hazardous condition, such as leaking gas pipes and exposed wiring. These are the types of things that can cause a fire or explosion.
- Repetitive motion injury. This is often overlooked when it comes to construction accidents. When a person does the same job, day after day, it could eventually cause an injury.
Construction workers are well aware of the fact they could suffer an injury at any point in the future. However, over time, some people lose sight of the fact that something could go wrong.
If you're injured in a construction site accident, don't hesitate to:
- Inform your employer of your injury and how it happened.
- Receive medical attention at a local hospital.
- Learn more about your legal rights, such as if you can file a lawsuit or receive workers' compensation benefits.
By taking these steps, you'll feel better about your ability to recover from your injuries and hopefully return to work in the future.