If you work as a construction worker, you know that danger lurks around every corner. This doesn’t stop you from doing your job, but it should definitely make you think twice about everything thing you do.
A construction site accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death.
Here are some of the most common causes of construction site accidents:
— Falls. It doesn’t matter if a fall occurs on the ground or at height, it can result in an injury ranging from broken bones to concussion among others.
— Falling objects. When construction workers are working at height, such as on a roof or scaffolding, there is always the possibility that an object, such as a tool, could fall to the ground below. If a person is standing in the wrong place at the wrong time, this falling object could strike him or her.
— Equipment accidents. Construction workers use many types of equipment throughout the day. While this can improve efficiency and productivity, it can also increase the likelihood of an accident.
— Vehicle accidents. Many types of vehicles are in use on construction sites. For example, backhoes move around dirt and dig trenches. If the driver is not careful, he or she could strike another worker.
— Fires and explosions. These aren’t the most common construction site accidents, but they do occur every now and again. A fire, for instance, could result from exposed wiring.
— Repetitive motion injury. Construction workers often complete the same tasks, such as lifting, day in and day out. Over time, this can result in a repetitive motion injury.
Any type of construction site injury should be treated in a timely manner, as this is often the best way to prevent it from worsening.
Once you are stable and have a better idea of the treatment to come, you can then learn more about the accident and file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
If your claim is denied for any reason, such as an employer who argues that you were not injured on the job, you will want to file an appeal. You’re in a difficult spot, but receiving workers’ compensation benefits can make your life a bit easier.