Construction workers work in one of the most hazardous environments in any other occupation and face a litany of potential accidents that can result in bodily harm, from minor to severe, from long-term disability to even death.
It is the legal responsibility of the employers or general contractors that safety measures are implemented and followed, that they hire competent and trained workers capable of using all equipment safely and properly and that they sufficiently warn those at the site of all present hazards.
Types of Construction Site Accidents
Heavy lifting can result in common forms of on-the-site injuries, but the most common and often serious construction accidents occur during a fall from working at a dangerous height, an activity that is often required at construction sites. Other common accidents occur due to negligence of others, such as mismanagement of tools, equipment or material. Other construction site problems that can lead to minor or severe injuries include:
• Trench cave-ins
• Slippery surfaces
• Moving machine parts
• Fallen objects
• Vehicular crashes
• Tool/equipment malfunctions
• Gas explosions
Types of Construction Site Injuries
Normal or temporary injuries, such as minor scratches or scrapes, sprains, bruises, back pain or tendonitis are often a natural part of the construction business, but more severe injuries or trauma also occur that can seriously impair a person’s ability to continue functioning on the job or in everyday life, which include:
• Head trauma
• Spinal cord injuries
• Deep wounds
• Broken bones
• Hearing loss
• Sight impairment
Raynaud’s or White Finger syndrome is another serious condition that affects construction workers who frequently use vibrating power tools, which can result in a painful muscular disorders, tingling, numbness, discomfort and lack of sensitivity in the fingers and arms due to a reduction in blood circulation. Long-term effects can result in loss of strength, sleep loss due to pain and a limited ability to work or function properly on the worksite.
Severe and Long-Term Injuries
Construction workers are also often exposed to toxic materials and substances that can lead to chronic illness, such as Asbestosis, Silicosis and Mesothelioma. Silicosis is caused by inhaling fine crystalline particles, known as Silica, that become airborne when concrete material is drilled or chipped. Asbestosis and Mesothelioma result from exposure to asbestos and can lead to long-term respiratory problems and even lung cancer.
In the Event of a Construction Site Injury
Due to labor laws that limit claims against employers, compensation for construction site injuries can be difficult for the victim to pursue on their own. Sometimes subcontractors are not required to carry insurance, or when they do, insurance companies are experts at minimizing and even denying construction accident and injury claims.
This is why seeking compensation claims due to accidental injury often requires a knowledgeable, experienced and professional attorney. If you or a loved one is a victim of a construction site accident, you don’t have to feel like you have to go it alone. You can trust Eric J. Hertz, P.C, a board certified trial attorney, to fight for you.
Contact the firm of Eric J. Hertz, P.C to discuss your construction or on-the-job related accident. Our professional legal team is attentive, approachable and personable and will promptly respond to any concerns or questions you have.
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