The construction profession is considered one of the most dangerous vocations
in America. In fact, of all the different industries, the construction
industry has the highest national average for on-the-job injuries. Tragically,
some of these injuries are fatal. When working at a construction site,
it’s critical you follow safety guidelines to lower your odds of having a
Common Reasons for Construction Injuries
There are many causes of construction accidents. One of the main reasons
is contractors taking shortcuts to finish a job on time because of weather
conditions or supplies being delayed.
Often construction injuries occur because of the negligence or absence
of safety engineers who are supposed to protect workers. Falls off ladders
and roofs, as well as falling through openings in flooring are also common
types of construction injuries.
Other reasons may include falling objects, trench collapse or scaffold
collapse, crane accidents, electric shock, unsafe work sites and defective
If you work at a construction site, you need to be proactive in protecting
yourself from accidents. Here are some ways:
- Wear protective clothing and eyeglasses—This includes wearing hard hats.
- Regularly check and maintain the equipment that you use on a regular basis,
such as forklifts, ladders, scaffolds and electrical tools.
- Always be alert when on the job.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured
Sometimes accidents at construction sites still happen even when workers
are careful. If you've been hurt on a construction site, you need
to protect your legal rights.
- After getting treated for your injuries, report the accident to your construction
- Get the names of people who saw the accident, along with their contact data.
- Take photos where the accident occurred, including tools or equipment causing
- As soon as possible, contact a personal injury lawyer.
The legal professionals at Odegaard Braukmann Law firm will do everything
possible to ensure you receive just compensation for your injuries. As
a small personal injury and workers’ compensation firm serving the
Billings, Montana area, we’re dedicated to serving our clients. Please
contact us if we can help you in any way.