Construction sites are inherently dangerous. If you’ve been injured on the job, you may have grounds for a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury suit in Ohio, depending on the specific facts of your case.
Here are some of the most likely construction site injuries you may incur. If you’ve suffered from any of these, make sure to contact a workers’ compensation or personal injury attorney right away.
- Overexertion and repetitive injuries. Repetitive stress injuries can occur when you do the same task for hours or days at a time, like hammering nails. This is one of the most common reasons people file workers’ compensation suits. Additionally, overexertion causes injury and illness, such as heatstroke. Make sure to read up on the ways you can prevent these issues. Your construction business should consider training employees on the subject, if they haven’t already.
- Building or trench collapse. Although construction workers and their organizations take great pains to ensure their workers’ safety, sometimes the buildings or trenches they work in collapse. This can lead to serious injury from falls, falling objects, smothering and more.
- Falls and falling objects. One of the top ways construction workers are injured is either falling from significant heights or getting hit by a falling object. Since construction involves working on scaffolding and using heavy equipment, these injuries can be devastating—sometimes fatal. Despite using an abundance of caution, accidents happen every day.
- Respiratory disease. Depending on what kind of materials you’re working with, you may suffer from respiratory disease as a result of working with building components. Asbestos is a common source, which can lead to lung diseases like mesothelioma.
- High lead levels. If your work environment is unsafe, you may find yourself suffering from lead poisoning or abnormally high lead levels. Make sure that your company educates you about how to avoid this issue.
- Heavy equipment injuries. Since construction workers regularly use heavy equipment, such as cranes, backhoes, cement mixers and more, they need to be especially cautious of vehicle safety. Being backed over is one of the most common ways workers are injured on the job, but any number of injuries can occur. Be sure to wear your safety gear and follow protocols to the letter.
Your workplace should be ensuring your safety with the appropriate equipment or training. If they fail to do so, make sure to report them and contact an attorney right away.
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