The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in America. About one in five American worker deaths occurs in construction. Even non-fatal injuries are prevalent: about six percent of all injuries which require time off work are due to construction.
You might be surprised to learn that about a quarter of construction workers stated they’ve failed to report a worksite injury at least once. Not only are workers cheating themselves out of rightful compensation and medical care, but failing to report potential safety violations could put other workers at risk.
The Law Offices of Tim Misny is standing by to help with your construction injury claim. Whether we pursue workers’ compensation or file a lawsuit against a third party, our team will fight on your behalf.
Here are some of the most common construction site injuries:
- Falls: Falls account for 34 percent of all construction fatalities. About 300 workers die each year.
- Falling objects: Falling objects can also cause injury or death—it’s easy to accidentally knock materials and tools off scaffolding and frames. About 60 percent of crane accident fatalities include falling objects.
- Electrocutions: Even experienced electricians can suffer electrocution, but all workers are at risk.
- Burns: Burns, whether chemical, fire or from explosions, can be devastating. Victims may require significant surgery and lose sensation and function in the affected areas.
- Machinery accidents: Heavy duty machinery can accomplish great things, but misuse can be deadly. Cranes, jackhammers, steamrollers, mixers and even nail guns can injure or kill.
- Crushing accidents: Crushing accidents can occur between objects or between machinery. They make up part of the “Fatal Four” (falls, falling objects, electrocutions and crushing), which make up for 60 percent of all construction deaths.
- Collapses: Excavations may cause ground collapses. Workers are trapped under dirt, rock and debris, which can cause serious injury and death.
- Vehicle accidents: Even pickups and cars can cause injury on construction site—workers must take care to use caution, even when they’re dealing with “normal” hazards.
- Overexertion: Heat, humidity and full sun can quickly lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
While construction is inherently dangerous, following OSHA safety standards can help keep workers safe. When an accident occurs, don’t hesitate to report it to the workplace and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The Law Offices of Tim Misny can assist you in recovering compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more.
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