Every workplace comes with its hazards. After all, an injury can affect anyone at any time. However, some industries are more dangerous than others.
One of the most perilous industries is construction. Construction zones have multiple opportunities for accidents, even for the most cautious of workers. One of the best ways to protect yourself from injuries is to learn about the most common forms of construction accidents.
What are the most frequent construction injuries?
Even if you adhere to strict labor standards and follow your employer’s safety rules, anyone can fall victim to an accident. The most common accidents that occur at construction sites include:
- Falling objects: Though hard hats provide some protection, heavy objects can still cause brain damage and other injuries.
- Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls: Construction sites sometimes have a lot of debris or tools that can make someone slip or trip.
- Scaffolding accidents: Improperly built scaffolding can lead to a fall or a scaffolding collapse.
- Machinery accidents: Some machines may be dangerous or deficient; other times, someone may not have proper training or may use it incorrectly.
- Exposure to hazardous materials: Exposure to asbestos or other toxic material without adequate protection can prove injurious or even fatal.
One of the major contributors to the prevalence of these accidents is negligence. Employers have a duty to provide safe workplace for their workers. Failure to do so means that the employer’s insurance may owe the injured worker compensation for damages.
What to do after an accident
If you experience a workplace accident, you should follow these steps:
- Seek medical treatment immediately. You have the right to request your own doctor if you do not want to see the doctor recommended by your employer.
- Report the incident to your supervisor.
- Fill out a workers’ compensation report. Mail it to the Workers’ Compensation Board nearest to you.
Unfortunately, some workers’ compensation claims receive denials, even if they are perfectly valid. You may also have a personal injury case against your employer. Consider your legal options to recover the compensation that you need.