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Most Common Construction Site Accidents

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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.

Source:

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

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