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construction-accidentConstruction workers are exposed to dangerous working conditions on a regular basis. The good news, however, is that there are certain safety precautions they can take to reduce their risk of construction site accidents. By collaborating with their employer to create a safer work environment, construction workers can prevent the following most common construction site accidents:

Falls

It is not uncommon for construction workers to fall from high heights. They are often required to work at extremely high heights on ladders, in windows, and in roofs.

Slips and Falls

Clutter from tools and materials, uneven pavement, inadequate lighting, and other factors can easily lead to slips, trips, and falls at construction sites.

Electrocutions

Construction workers may be surrounded by exposed wiring, power lines, and faulty electrical systems. If they come into contact with them, they may face shock or electrocution.

Falling Objects

When working on projects with multiple levels, construction workers may get struck by falling debris, materials, or other objects.

Fires

Leaking gases, unfinished piping, and unsafe electrical systems make it easy for fires and explosions to arise at construction sites.

Overexertion

Construction workers are in a physically demanding field that requires hours of labor in extreme weather conditions. They are prone to overexertion, which can lead to heat stroke and other issues.

Heavy Machinery Accidents

Heavy machinery is used on almost every project by construction workers. A jackhammer, crane, nail gun, or bulldozer can be dangerous and lead to serious injuries.

Trench Accidents

A trench is an underground excavation that is deeper than it is wide. Since trenches are usually necessary on construction sites, trench accidents may occur. A trench has the potential to collapse when a worker is inside of it and bury them with dirt or cause them to be hit with objects.

What to Do After a Construction Site Accident

If you suffer from an injury as a result of a construction site accident, you should know that you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can be used to pay for your medical bills and lost wages and give you the opportunity to recover rather than stress about your financial situation. An attorney can help you file a workers' compensation claim and inform you of your legal options.

Contact Our Will County Construction Site Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you love gets injured while working on a construction site, you should consult our experienced  Will County construction site accident attorneys immediately.  Call the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. today at 815-666-1285 for a consultation.

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https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

Joliet construction accident lawyersRoad construction is a necessary evil. Without it, roads and highways wear down, developing potholes, cracks, and loose debris that can place drivers and their vehicles at risk. With it, drivers run the risk of an auto accident. Learn more about this risk and what you can do if you or someone you love experiences an accident caused by road construction negligence.

How Big is the Problem?

Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration shows that construction zone accidents account for about 2 percent of all traffic fatalities in America. That amounted to 669 deaths in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available. Some of the individuals killed were workers. Others were drivers. Most, if not all, could have been prevented. Of course, some accidents do not result in death. Some 47,758 ended in either minor or serious injury. Still, the statistics are highly concerning, especially when one considers the long list of rules and regulations within the industry.

Charged with Protecting Your Safety

Road users might understand the need for construction, but few understand what is going on behind the scenes. Regulated by federal laws, various safety entities (such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA), and even local state and city laws, the construction industry is expected to protect the safety of the public. They must use road signs to signify potential hazards, and those signs must give drivers adequate warning. There are rules that dictate how sharp a turn can be and how wide a lane must be. If a construction company, worker, or supervisor fails to adhere to even just one of these regulations and an accident occurs, the company could be held liable for any losses or damages experienced by a victim.

Post-Construction Negligence

Negligence does not occur just at the time of construction. Poor road conditions, caused by either shoddy work or left behind debris, can also cause an accident. If the accident results in death or injury, the victim and their family may be entitled to compensation. However, these suits are typically brought against the “owner” of the road, rather than the construction company because these accidents are generally considered inadequate maintenance.

Pursuing Compensation After an Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured because of negligence at a construction site, contact the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for assistance. Dedicated to your best interests, our Joliet construction site negligence lawyers will fight to ensure you get the settlement you deserve. In every situation, we pursue the most favorable outcome. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule your personalized consultation to learn more.

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https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/facts_stats/safety.htm

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