Construction Accident

Editorial Team

ConsumerShield

Reviewed By Adam Ramirez, J.D.

Editor

Construction sites are inherently dangerous, presenting numerous hazards from the use of heavy machinery to the risks of working at great heights. Despite rigorous safety protocols, accidents remain a common occurrence, highlighting the risky nature of construction work. Almost 20 percent of workplace fatalities were in the construction sector in 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This emphasizes the need for ongoing safety measures and education to mitigate the risks faced by construction workers daily.

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Injuries and Hazards on Construction Sites

Workers in the construction industry are exposed to a myriad of dangers, which can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities. Common hazards include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries from falls or being struck by objects
  • Electrocution risks from exposed wiring or power lines
  • Health issues due to exposure to hazardous substances like asbestos and chemicals
  • Injuries from defective machinery or equipment
  • Heat-related illnesses during extreme weather conditions
  • Musculoskeletal injuries from repetitive motions or heavy lifting

Vehicular accidents also pose a significant risk, especially for those working near roadways, exposing workers to potential collisions. Visitors to construction sites, not directly employed by the construction company, may also face risks, leading to possible premises liability claims.

Legal Considerations Following Construction Accidents

Construction accidents are complex and may necessitate navigating through workers' compensation claims or exploring third-party liability. For injured workers, dealing with insurance companies or pursuing legal claims can be daunting. Engaging a personal injury attorney experienced in construction accidents can provide essential guidance, from understanding site safety regulations and compliance issues to handling liability and indemnity matters.

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Actions to Take After a Construction Accident

Victims of construction accidents should prioritize their health and legal rights by:

  • Seeking immediate medical attention
  • Reporting the injury to their employer or site manager
  • Collecting contact information from witnesses
  • Documenting the accident scene and injuries if possible
  • Exploring legal options, including workers' compensation benefits or personal injury claims

Navigating the aftermath of a construction accident can be overwhelming for injured workers and their families. Consulting with a skilled attorney in the ConsumerShield network can ease this burden. A legal professional can assist with workers' compensation claims, personal injury lawsuits and ensure that victims receive the support and compensation they deserve.

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