If you or a loved one work in the construction industry, you know there are dangers. You try not to think about it on a daily basis, but in the back of your mind, you know that there may come a time when you have to deal with an injury.
Construction companies need to always be vigilant when it comes to worker training and safety but ensuring the people who work for them have everything they need to do their jobs properly. If you need a construction accident attorney, you can turn to the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. for help.
The Industry Dangers
Everyone knows that the construction industry poses more danger to its workers than most other jobs. The men and women who work in construction work around heavy equipment and often encounter unpredictable situations. When talking about construction incidents, let’s look at both the fatal and nonfatal sides of things.
OSHA tells us that the most common causes of fatalities in construction are:
- Falls (38.7 percent)
- Getting struck by an object (9.4 percent)
- Electrocutions (8.3 percent)
- Getting caught in between objects (7.3 percent)
Now, those do not include the nonfatal injuries workers can sustain that affect many more thousands in the US each year. Here are some of the common nonfatal injuries and their causes:
- Spinal Cord Injuries – spinal cord injuries often happen due to falls in the workplace as well as vehicle accidents. These can lead to paralysis.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – Brain injuries cover a wide range of severity with minor injuries being called concussions. Major brain injuries often cause long-term disabilities.
- Broken or Dislocated Bones – whether an extremity is broken or a worker sustains a ribcage or skull fracture, these injuries can lead to long recovery times.
- Hearing and Vision Loss – we know that construction workers operate around loud machinery that can cause hearing loss as well as chemicals and particles that can cause vision loss.
- Respiratory Problems – long-term respiratory illnesses, like COPD and certain cancers, can develop over time due to particles and chemicals that construction workers breathe in.
Construction companies must do everything they can to ensure their workers are protected. This means:
- Providing the proper equipment needed to do their job (safe clothing, respiratory gear, eyewear, footwear, harnesses, etc.).
- Proper safety training should always be given to employees for all jobs they will be tasked with performing.
How To Move Forward
At the end of the day, a person who works in the construction industry wants is to get home safely to their loved ones. If they are injured on the job, their entire livelihood is on the line. A workplace injury can cause a person to lose the income they need to support their family. Often, insurance companies do not take into account the total cost of a workplace incident.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we will work to make sure you have all the compensation you need in the aftermath of an incident. When you need a Chester construction accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 215-543-7220.