Construction is certainly not a risk-free industry. Although accidents can occur under a variety of circumstances, there are certain factors common among construction site accidents. Construction workers injured on the job are likely eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. However, if the accident was caused by the negligence of a third party, additional compensation may also be available.
Falls from Scaffolding or Other structures
The most common cause of construction worksite injuries is falls. They also happen to be the most deadly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), almost 40 percent of U.S. construction worker deaths in 2015 were due to falls.
Considering that many construction sites consist of buildings with multiple stories, a fall can have catastrophic consequences. The best way to combat this is by providing the proper safety equipment to workers, as well as proper training.
Trips and Slips
Another major concern when it comes to serious or fatal accidents on a construction site is trips and slips. When it comes to building various structures, many tools and materials are involved. As such, these same tools and materials are also commonly found stacked or placed precariously around the construction site.
Additionally, those workers who brave bad weather, especially in the late fall and winter, must often contend with poor weather elements. Attempting to walk on ice, as well as hazards from rain and snow, can easily cause someone to lose his or her footing.
Struck by Vehicles or Falling Materials
It is not uncommon to find various large vehicles on construction sites. With tractors, trailers, cranes, and trucks often on site, OSHA reports that a construction worker is as likely to be struck by a piece of construction equipment inside of the work zone, as he or she is to be hit by a car outside of the work zone.
To help decrease the number of these accidents, workers can wear protective clothing such as reflective vests. This helps to increase their visibility around these vehicles.
Struck by Falling Materials
According to a BLS survey, building materials were responsible for causing the most injuries in 2015. This was followed by metal, pipes, ducts, and wood.
To minimize potential injuries, workers are encouraged to use protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, steel or composite-toed boots, and gloves.
The BLS reported that in 2017, there were 81 fatal accidents on construction sites due to electrocution.
OSHA recommends locating and identifying utilities prior to beginning any work. It also recommends checking for overhead power lines whenever operating a vehicle.
Construction sites often necessitate trenches. These include ones to help create buildings, fix underground pipes, and build roads.
OSHA recommends that workers never go into a trench unprotected, and should never go in any area that has been excavated more than 5 feet, unless it has some type of protective system.
Fires and Explosions
Flammable gases and compressed air each present the danger of fire and explosions. It is recommended that construction site workers pay close attention to warning labels and safety standards.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Represent Workers Injured on Construction Sites
When a worker has been in an accident, the cost of medical treatment and the lack of income from being unable to work become of much concern. Though workers’ compensation insurance covers some of these expenses, it does not fully cover everything.
The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. can help you to recover the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call 888-999-1962 today. From our offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, and Pinehurst, we represent injured workers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina.