According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an average of nearly 5,000 construction workers lose their lives on the job each year, and every year in the United States alone, workers suffer more than 3.5 million nonfatal work-related injuries of which nearly 10 percent involve professionals in the construction industry.
Construction accidents in the workplace often cause serious injuries that keep workers out of work for weeks, if not months on end. The combination of lost income and paying for medical bills produces incredible financial distress, not to mention the physical and emotional suffering the victims endure.
If you are a construction worker who suffers from one or more construction-related injuries, you should speak with one of the personal injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan. Complete a free, no-risk case evaluation to get started.
What Are the Most Common Types of Construction Accidents?
Knowing the most common types of construction accidents can help you take steps to protect yourself, as well as know what to do if you become involved in a serious workplace accident.
Falls from Heights
Despite advanced technology that protects workers from falling off roofs, ladders, and scaffolds, falling from heights remains one of the most frequently reported types of construction accidents. Just a fall from a second-floor scaffold can cause life-threatening injuries.
Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals
Construction workers often work with potentially dangerous chemicals. Taking safety precautions can help prevent prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals, but this type of construction accident still happens on construction sites.
Operating a Machine
Operator errors and lack of training sometimes lead to construction accidents that involve machines. Cranes, hoists, and forklifts represent the three most cited reasons for a machine-related accident in the workplace.
Slips and Falls
Slipping and falling because of a slick surface can put you out of work for a couple of months. The instinct to break a fall can produce a broken arm and/or wrist. Tripping over objects also falls within this construction accident category.
Some construction jobs require the movement of the same parts of the body during every shift. The result can be long-term damage to areas of the body such as your back, neck, wrists, and/or ankles.
The most common types of construction accidents cause different types of serious injuries. If you are recovering from injuries that were caused by a construction accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have enough evidence to file a civil lawsuit for negligence in the workplace.