Construction sites are littered with hazards, and all it takes is a moment’s inattention to suffer a serious injury. This is why the construction industry has a long-established reputation as the most dangerous profession in the country. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction workers are three times more likely to suffer fatal work-related injuries than the average employee in the United States.
Although there are dozens of potential hazards on construction sites, most fatal injuries involve:
- Falling objects;
- Slips, trips and falls;
- Or electrocution.
If you were injured on a construction site, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, time off work and other losses. An Austin construction accident lawyer from the Robson Law Firm can gather evidence and structure your claim.
Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about workers’ compensation claims in Texas.
Here is a brief overview of four common construction site dangers:
- Falling Objects
Many construction sites operate on multiple levels, and as a result, falling object injuries are a common occurrence. Anything from a small screw to a large plank can cause serious injuries to workers below. Even if employees wear hard hats, they are still at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries from falling objects.
Most construction sites are peppered with heavy machinery including cranes, trucks, generators and forklifts. This equipment is often loud, which makes it difficult for workers to communicate.
A moment’s inattention or a small mistake can cause a devastating rollover or crushing accident. This equipment can easily break bones and cause head and neck injuries, which may require long-term medical treatment.
Construction companies must provide specialized training to workers who operate heavy machinery. They should also designate “no walk” zones so employees can avoid dangerous situations.
- Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls are a common occurrence in all types of workplaces, as MedScape explains. However, they are particularly common in outdoor environments such as construction sites. Falls happen due to uneven or slick surfaces, loose cables, and tools that workers leave lying around.
Most construction protects require extensive wiring. This puts workers at risk of electrocution. Even a minor electric chock can cause severe burns, brain damage and even death.
Only qualified electricians should work with live wires. Employees should have access to the necessary safety equipment including electrician gloves, face protection and Electrical (Class E) hard hats, which offer protection up to 20,000 volts. Construction supervisors should enforce the use of this equipment.
If you were injured on a construction site in Texas, contact the Robson Law Firm. An Austin injury attorney can evaluate your accident to determine if you have grounds for a workers’ compensation claim. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free initial consultation.