Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. There is a serious risk of construction-related work injuries, so it’s important to be informed about the most common injuries and how to avoid them.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 5,333 workers lost their lives on the job in 2019. Approximately 20% of those deaths were in construction.
Common Construction Injuries
It stands to reason that three of the top five most frequently cited OSHA violations in 2020 were related to construction: fall protection, scaffolding, and ladders. Construction workers are at serious risk for falls, particularly when working on cranes and ladders.
Falling objects may also fall and hit workers, which can result in serious injuries or death. A tool or piece of equipment that is dropped or not properly secured can cause concussions, broken bones, and other injuries.
Exposed electrical wiring can put workers at risk of electrocution if the equipment is improperly handled. Struck-by incidents are another common type of worker injury often suffered by construction workers.
Safety training and safe work practices are paramount to construction worker safety. Employers should provide regular safety training and ensure that safe practices are being used on construction sites. Workers should also help make sure that the job site is safe for everyone by following recommended safety procedures and advocating for safer practices when needed.
If you are a construction worker who has been injured at work, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation. If you’ve been injured on the job, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.