Keep on Your Hard Hat: A Close Look at Serious Types of Construction Site Injuries
Florida construction accident statistics show that in 2012 alone, the construction industry had “the largest number of workplace fatalities in the state, up [34%] from the previous year.”
This information comes directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and demonstrates just how dangerous construction sites can be
Construction site injuries are some of the most serious forms of harm
Common injuries at construction sites include the following:
- Falls. Whether you’re on a ladder, scaffolding, or other supporting structure, falls happen every day at a construction site somewhere. At times, the structure itself is defective or poorly positioned – and it doesn’t even need to be that high for a serious fall to occur.
- Slip and falls. A construction site is often a landmine of walking hazards, so slip and falls (as opposed to falling off a higher structure) happen frequently. Tools left lying around, building materials scattered everywhere, large holes in the floor, and uneven ground are just a few reasons for serious slip and falls.
- Eye injuries. Many people don’t associate eye injuries with construction sites, but they actually happen fairly often. Sharp or blunt objects and tools – as well as dangerous chemicals – can steal a person’s vision in a heartbeat.
- Electrocutions. Live electric wires are everywhere at some construction sites. When they’re not properly labeled, insulated, or worked with, the results can be catastrophic.
- Fires and explosions. Unfinished piping, leaking gas, and incomplete or mishandled electrical wiring can easily cause fires at a construction site and yes – even explosions.
Other common construction site injuries can be caused by:
- Falling debris
- Getting caught in between machinery
- Being hit by a vehicle
If you’re a worker who was injured on a site, you may be entitled to workers compensation (depending on your particular situation). Of course, if your employer is giving you grief about filing a claim, you may have to take them to court. But even if you were just visiting the site, or conducting some other business there, there’s still a chance you will get hurt — and badly.
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If you need an injury lawyer, talk to our firm today. We’ve helped hundreds of clients get compensation for their injuries. The staff of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. A free consultation is available, so call us at 1-800-753-5203.