Working at a construction site is dangerous. Given the high risk of accidents, at most regulated sites, there are very strict safety protocols in place that must be followed to the letter. Unfortunately, even when all safety precautions are taken there is a small chance that something goes wrong. This may cost you your daily, weekly, or monthly wage, jeopardize your health, or put your life at risk. This may produce an even greater deal of financial strain on the individual, their family, employer, and the community.
In order to lower the chance of construction site accidents, it’s important to be aware of potential risks and how to manage them. Finally, construction workers should be informed about their rights if they do get hurt at work. Keep reading to learn more.
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What are the most Common Construction Site Accidents?
Whether you work on residential, commercial, or heavy construction sites, you can expect to interact with equipment and materials that can do you harm if not treated properly. Some of the most frequent accidents that can happen while working at the construction site include:
● Being hit by a falling object
Falling objects might be a rare occurrence at well-secured construction sites, but accidents might catch you off guard. For example, you may be passing by a forklift and sustain an injury by being hit by an improperly secured load. In that case, it’s necessary to seek immediate medical attention and submit a compensation claim.
● Trench collapse
Trenches have been used for centuries in excavation and they have been dangerous to work around, given the risk of cave-ins. Injured and deceased workers are eligible for benefits, but it’s important to know your rights before accident strikes.
● Slips and falls
While security procedures require that all surfaces be properly monitored, slips and falls can happen. For example, a piece of the safety platform may fall off, or you may step on a wet surface and get hurt. Falling from a high altitude can be especially dangerous. If the fall or slip was not a result of horseplay or personal negligence, you may be eligible for full work comp benefits.
● Defective equipment
Construction workers operate a number of different technical equipment and tools, including drills, pneumatic hammers, bulldozers, excavators, and more. When it’s not working properly, you may get hurt due to falling parts. When working at heights, defective safety gear can put your life at risk.
● Vehicle collisions
Whether you’re performing your professional duties on foot or behind the wheel, you can get hit by a vehicle, especially if the routes are not adequately marked. You don’t have to be on the open road, as it’s likely this will happen at the delivery point. If the accident happens due to poor work conditions and you get hurt, you have a right to claim benefits.
Power lines at demolition sites and newly constructed objects need to be properly secured. However, it can still happen that a worker gets injured by accidentally touching or being struck by a loose power cord. If this does happen, you are fully entitled to seek benefits.
● Hazardous materials
Drilling, digging, excavation, demolition, and other construction work put technicians at risk of inhaling a number of porous and toxic substances. Drywall dust in older buildings can contain traces of asbestos, which is may produce severe lung conditions. Accidents can lead to sudden exposure to a higher concentration of hazardous dust and gases.
● Fires and explosions
Defective tools and machinery can eventually break down and catch fire. Another risk is exposure to gas containers and bottles, which can put your life at risk. Survivors can suffer from burns, internal bleeding, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress. In any case, you should seek immediate medical attention and talk to your nearby workers’ compensation attorney.