Regardless of the safety precautions employers implement, construction site workplace accidents and fatalities are on the rise across the country. Residential construction projects and commercial construction jobsites are known to be especially high risk environments for serious workplace injuries.
At any given time, there are 130 million construction workers functioning on construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) expects the number of construction workers to continue to grow, and therefore expects the yearly number of 150,000 construction site injuries to escalate. Approximately 5,000 of those yearly construction site injuries result in work fatalities.
There are many different types of construction accidents that occur at construction sites and cause serious injuries to construction workers, but some are more common than others. Uneven ground, tripping dangers and projects that require ladders, scaffolding and roof work are primed for trip and fall accidents. Various activities on construction sites make workers susceptible to injuries from being hit by the moving parts of construction site machinery, vehicles and large trucks on the jobsite. Construction work injuries and fatalities are sometimes caused by falling objects and debris. Exhaustion resulting from hours of manual labor in the outdoors can lead to mistakes and an increase in jobsite injuries.
Taking preventative measures and a proactive approach to safety on the jobsite can reduce the risk of construction accidents and keep workers from suffering work injuries. Holding regular mandatory safety meetings for workers and supervisors keeps everyone on the same page and informs about changes to the jobsite and the machinery that will be used. Proper safety gear including hard hats, eye protection and harnesses, which lessen the risk for construction worker injuries and should be required for all roofing and scaffolding workers. Reflective clothing provides workers with high-visibility apparel reducing the chances of workers suffering vehicle and machinery accidents. Exhaustion accidents can be reduced by making sure all workers take regular breaks.
When construction workers are injured on the job, the burden of affording healthcare services while being out of work can be financially crippling. It is important for injured construction workers to consult with an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer who has extensive knowledge of the Workers’ Compensation process. Qualified Workers’ Compensation lawyers help injured works obtain the Workers’ Compensation benefits that they are entitled to which can include medical benefits and wage loss benefits. These benefits are meant to assist victims of workplace accidents until they fully recover from their injuries and are able to return to work.
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