Although any work environment can present safety threats, there are some in which injuries occur more frequently than others. For example, if you recently sustained an injury while working in construction, you are far from alone.
In 2019, more than 5,000 workers died on the job in the United States. Out of that number, approximately 20 percent of them were working in construction. Have you encountered any of the most common claims in this field?
1. Slips, trips and falls
As the top injuries that happen in construction areas, slips, trips and falls make up more than a third of all claims. A major reason for this is because of how much potential construction zones generally present for these injuries to occur.
2. Machinery accidents
When construction workers use extremely heavy machinery to build and demolish, there are additional risks to consider. Even with the substantial training that most construction employers provide to employees, accidents still happen.
Electricity is something else to keep in mind with construction zone safety. Because construction work is often near power lines and power sources, it is easy for workers to mistakenly hit power lines. As a result, electrocution is another common construction site injury.
4. Vehicle accidents
On most construction sites, there are numerous vehicles that workers use. As with any field that involves vehicles, there is the risk of accidents happening. For road construction, there is the additional risk of frustrated motorists injuring workers while driving recklessly.
If you have encountered one of these common construction injuries, talking with a legal representative can help you determine your options for paying medical bills and covering the cost of being away from work. Do not wait to get the help that you deserve.