Unfortunately, the construction industry can be a dangerous industry for its workers. There are a variety of ways construction workers may be injured on job sites which is why it is essential for them to be familiar with the legal help and resources that may be available to them when they have been injured on the job.
Common types of construction injuries include falls. Falls are, in fact, the most common type of construction site injury workers may suffer. Construction workers may suffer falls from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders and other heights while at work. Falling objects are another job site danger for injured workers who may be injured by falling objects from above that were not properly secured. Equipment-related accidents are also not uncommon such as a nail gun that misfires. Heavy equipment is also common on job sites which may result in back over or crush-between accidents that can injure or kill workers.
Other common types of construction injuries and accidents can include trench, building or other types of collapses and collapse-related injuries. Fires and explosions that injure victims may also occur on construction job sites. It is also not uncommon for construction workers to suffer repetitive stress injuries due to repetitive motion requirements of construction work. Respiratory illnesses can also result from exposure to certain substances on construction sites.
Different legal protections and help may be available to injured construction workers. Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers with the medical expenses and lost wages and generally only require that they were injured while at work. Other legal options may be available if a third-party was responsible for the harm the victim suffered. Injured construction workers and their families should be familiar with the various types of legal help to help them get through the unexpected challenges they face following a construction accident.