If you are a construction worker, you already know the dangers involved in your job duties. You balance on scaffolding, and are constantly working with equipment, not to mention tools and materials fall on a regular basis.
The United States Department of Labor issues regulations for workplace safety through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Responsible for setting the health and safety standards for employers, OSHA serves to protect employees through warning of dangers on the job. On construction sites, these warnings are either not enough, not implemented or go unrecognized.
Referred to as the “Fatal Four,” the deadliest construction accidents include:
- Being hit by an object
- Getting caught in between, or crushed by, an object
While fatalities represent the worst possibly on-the-job scenario for a construction worker, they represent a small fraction of the injuries which take place on a job site.
Construction site injuries
Construction workers often experience broken bones and cuts, but other injuries may present over time. Depending on adherence to OSHA’s standards, these may entitle you to workers’ compensation benefits. These injuries and conditions may include:
- Hearing loss – due to the loud nature of regularly-used equipment
- Loss of vision – not only from impalement, but also from the light and chemicals involved in welding
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – may be approved in cases of physical trauma leading to mental injury or mental stress leading to physical injury
- Paralysis – often due to falls
If you experience a serious injury on the job, workers’ compensation may cover the expenses related to your injuries. If you have questions about your rights or need help with a denied claim, a lawyer can help you understand the full scope of your injuries and what steps to take next.