This blog recently discussed how employers can help keep construction workers safe. It is helpful for construction workers to be familiar with the different types of construction injuries they may suffer on a construction site and the protections and resources available to them if they are injured at work.
Common types of construction accident
Some of the more common constructions accidents are:
- Falls: the most common types of construction injuries are falls. Injured construction workers may suffer falls from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders and other heights on a construction site.
- Falling objects: construction workers can be injured from falling objects on construction sites that were not properly secured.
- Equipment-related accidents: construction workers can be injured in equipment-related accidents such as a forklift or nail gun accident. If a nail gun misfires, for instance, causing injury, the victim may have a products liability claim.
- Crush-between and back-over accidents: because there are commonly many different types of heavy equipment on a construction site, construction workers can be seriously injured in crush between and back over accidents.
- Collapses: a variety of different types of collapses, including building or trench collapses, can occur on a construction site, injuring construction workers.
- Fires and explosions: construction workers can be injured by fires, explosions and other hazards on a construction site.
Other types of construction injuries can include repetitive stress injuries due to the repetitive nature of the work. Construction workers can also suffer from respiratory illnesses.
Legal remedies are available for construction accident victims
Construction accidents can result in serious injuries or even death to victims. Different resources and legal remedies may be available to victims and their families including workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury protections if a third party caused the injury the construction worker suffered from. It is essential for injured construction workers and their families to be familiar with these legal options and protections.