The Four Most Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Construction accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury accidents. They are especially problematic, since they often result in more severe injuries. According to the latest statistic from The Center For Construction Research and Training (CPWR), construction laborers have the largest number of fatal and nonfatal injuries.

Accidents happen every day on construction sites that require employees to seek medical treatment. This can lead to several days or months of lost wages and financial instability. Here are the four most common causes of construction accidents:

#1 Slip and Falls

Workers often suffer serious injuries as a result of slipping on discarded debris or tripping over misplaced equipment. Slip and falls are common on building sites; if your employer does not take the necessary steps to minimize or prevent these accidents from happening and you are injured, you may have grounds for a claim.

#2 Falling Objects

Objects that fall from heights can land on workers on the lower levels and injure them. Depending on the size, weight, and nature of the falling object, these accidents can result in severe head injuries and significant trauma. Therefore, your employer must ensure that workers are supplied with hard hats, and that necessary measures are taken to properly secure objects that will be lifted to heights and/or stored above.

#3 Falling from Heights

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries on construction sites where workers are often working several floors off of the ground. If a worker falls due to poorly constructed scaffolding, an unsecured ladder, a defective harness, or a weak roof, he or she may have grounds for a claim based on unsafe working equipment or conditions.

#4 Machinery

The use of power tools on a construction work site can expose the operator and other employees to hazards created by rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks. This can lead to severe injuries, such as damage to fingers or hands, amputations, and burns and blindness – just to name a few. Safeguards are vital to protect workers from these needless and preventable injuries. If your employer fails to provide the proper safeguards and safety equipment, you may be able to make a claim for compensation, if you are injured.

Contact Jacobs Law LLC Today for More Information

Construction sites are dangerous places to work, but your employer has a duty to keep you as safe as possible in the conditions. Under Indiana legal statutes, if your accident was the result of negligence on the part of an employer, the landowner, an equipment driver, or any other responsible party, you can pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

When you are severely injured on a construction site while performing work-related duties, you may feel overwhelmed and wonder if you have any legal rights. The experts at Jacobs Law LLC in Indianapolis will help you through this difficult and confusing time. Contact us toll-free at (317) 794-2024, or visit us here to request a free consultation.