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Most Dangerous Things on a Construction Site for Employees

November 20, 2022
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Construction workers deal with various tools, heights, heavy machinery, and other hazards on a daily basis. While many safety standards are in place to help prevent injury to workers, not all dangerous conditions can be prevented. Due to the inherently hazardous nature of construction sites, a hazard can easily lead to accidents, serious injuries, and deaths.

Many different things can cause construction site accidents, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that the top four causes of serious injuries and deaths in construction sites include:

Falls

Most construction accidents occur due to falls. Construction workers may fall from a roof, ladder, scaffolding, or chimney, among others. The seriousness of the accident varies on the specific circumstances surrounding the fall, specifically the height at which the worker fell. Safety precautions can help reduce the damage. Unfortunately, there have been instances where fall protection violations have caused fall accidents.

Electrocutions

Construction sites usually have multiple power sources and power lines, and various equipment and machinery can easily touch them by mistake. Portable electric tools can also be extremely dangerous unless they’re double insulated or properly grounded.

Getting Struck By Objects

A wide variety of equipment and debris are constantly being moved around in construction sites. Being hit by a building material, falling tool, or any object from high up can result in serious injury or fatality, even if the injured worker was wearing protection. Most supervisors and contractors make sure that workers are sufficiently trained.

On the other hand, training can’t prevent all accidents and mistakes. Equipment may also be defective and doesn’t function as expected. Likewise, in more preventable and unfortunate scenarios, an improperly or inadequately trained worker uses machinery and hurts someone.

Caught In or Between Hazards

When a construction worker is stuck in between hazards, the results can be gruesome, even deadly. For instance, a worker who becomes pinned between a wall and a piece of heavy equipment is a caught-between accident. 

If you have been injured in a construction accident, you must seek medical treatment and file your workers’ comp claim as soon as possible. You may recoup your medical expenses, lost earnings, and other related expenses through a successful workers’ compensation claim.

If the construction site has multiple contractors, and you were hurt due to a third party’s negligent actions, you have the right to sue the negligent party to ensure that you receive compensation that will cover all your damages.

Speak to a Seasoned Bronx Construction Accident Attorney Today

A construction accident can easily cause catastrophic and life-changing injuries or claim a loved one’s life in an instant. If you and your family’s life have been devastated by a construction accident, get in touch with the Bronx construction accident attorney at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today. 

Let us take all your worries away by handling your personal injury claim or workers’ comp claim, so you can concentrate on your recovery as we seek fair compensation on your behalf. Contact us online or dial 212-285-3300 to arrange your free consultation with our Bronx construction accident attorney now.