Working on a construction site is not without its dangers, but your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe from harm while you work. Despite this, accidents still happen on construction sites that cause serious injury and in severe cases, death. If you are a construction worker who has been injured on the job, read more about the common types of injuries sustained in construction accidents and what you should do next.
Construction accidents can happen for many reasons, with one of the most common the result of collapsed scaffolding, which causes serious injury to workers. This could be due to employer negligence or caused by poor training or equipment. The type of injury sustained from collapsed scaffolding depends on whether you were on the scaffolding at the time or underneath it.
Despite PPE (personal protective equipment) such as a helmet being worn, if scaffolding collapses, there is only so much damage it can limit. You or a fellow worker could very likely sustain a construction accident brain injury from collapsed scaffolding. If you are ever involved in an accident such as this, it is best to get checked over by a medical professional, as you may need a series of scans and tests.
Slips and falls are a common occurrence in any workplace and construction sites are no different. Even a small slip or fall is no laughing matter, as it can leave construction workers unable to work and may have long-lasting effects. It is not always evident how a fall can affect you in the future, which is why it is important to see a doctor after a slip or fall in the workplace, as well as a personal injury attorney.
A slip and fall could cause many injuries, such as bruising, soreness, broken bones, and head injuries. Speaking up about a slip or fall accident will ensure that the same thing does not happen again to another worker, as all accidents should be reviewed and a risk assessment put in place.
Working with power tools can be dangerous, especially if you do not have the correct training or the equipment is not maintained according to manufacturer guidelines. You have the responsibility to ensure you only work with tools you have had training for, and you must use any PPE that is supplied.
Your employer has a responsibility to ensure all equipment is stored properly, employees are properly trained to use equipment, and equipment is regularly maintained. Defective power tools are a major reason for an accident at work, as they can electrocute the operator or explode. If you do not feel comfortable or safe using a piece of equipment, you must speak to your boss straight away. Power tool accidents can cause cuts, burns, and serious injuries.
If you are a construction worker and need assistance because of an accident in the workplace, we can help. Don’t hesitate when it comes to an accident at work, know your rights and get professional help today. Visit one of our offices below:
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