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Types of Construction Accidents

Posted by attorney Jeffrey Rasansky

Protect yourself from on the job injuries

Construction is by nature a dangerous job. There are many variables involved in carrying out a construction project that make it a dangerous environment to work in.

According to the US Department of Labor Statistics, the construction industry accounts for the highest number of worker fatalities of any industry. This means safety for workers and bystanders needs to be a top priority.

What kind of accidents canoccur on a construction site?

There are many types of accidents that can occur on a construction site. Heavy objects can fall from several stories up, equipment can malfunction and corrosive chemicals can cause severe injury. Wet or damaged power cords can cause electric shock and explosions can happen if fuel or other flammable substances are not properly stored. Construction sites are very often loud environments

and eardrum damage can happen. Furthermore, many construction workers use very dangerous industrial tools that can cause serious injury or even death.

What do I do if I’m injured on a construction site?

If you are injured on a construction site and need to file a claim, there are several people who should be notified.

First and foremost, you should approach your direct supervisor and let them know that you are filing a claim.

After that, you must contact your health care provider. OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation.

You should also notify them immediately following a workplace injury.

How do I determine who is at fault?

There are several people in the chain of command who are responsible

for the safety of the employees.

Often, there are several contractors and sub-contractors working on the job, so it can be difficult to find out whom—if anyone—is at fault. That is just one reason why it may be wise to consult a personal injury attorney.

So how can an attorney help me ifI’ve been involved in a constructionsite accident?

First of all, it is important to realize that large corporations and insurance companies may not have your best interest at heart.

These are big businesses whose primary interest is making money.

As such, when you have a claim they will invariably try to get you to settle for the least amount of money possible.

A personal injury attorney can protect your rights against corporate lawyers who may try to sway you into a substantially smaller settlement.

Make sure that you hire an attorney who has years of experience defending clients who have been injured on the job.

They will ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

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