The construction industry is a relatively dangerous one. Even with safety precautions — like wearing hard hats when you enter a construction site — injuries still occur. Here’s what you need to know about the most common construction injuries and what to do if you or a loved one were the victim of a construction site accident.
Slip and Falls
Uneven ground, gravel, potholes, and liquids are often present at a construction site and can lead to a slip and fall situation. Construction workers who suffer slip and falls can easily suffer broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries, and more.
Falls from Heights
Many construction workers have to climb poles, scaffolding, or even buildings. In a situation like this, falls are a real concern. Falls from heights are a frequently seen construction accident. In fact, falls cause serious injuries and death, depending on the height from which the person fell.
Explosions and Fires
Burn injuries are another common construction injury. They are caused by chemicals, explosions, and actual fires. Explosions and fires can occur out of nowhere and often result in critical injuries. Burns, especially ones that are over large areas of the body, require specialized care.
Heavy equipment is often used on construction sites. Forklifts, bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, and dumptrucks are used regularly in all different types of construction. Although construction workers typically receive training and instruction on how to operate the equipment safely, accidents still happen. In fact, with heavy equipment like bulldozers and forklifts, crush injuries are common. Crush injuries easily cause broken bones, but can also cause internal injury and in many cases, even death.
Fatigue and Overexertion
Construction workers who work long hours in the sun, heat, wind, cold, or snow are at risk for injury, even if no accident occurs. Dehydration from working out in the sun too long with no drinks, or hypothermia from working in the cold for extended periods are also considered construction injuries.
What to Do If You Or a Loved One Are Injured On a Construction Site
If you or a family member are injured at a construction site, first, seek medical care. This is true if your injuries are severe, but also if your injuries are minor. Next, contact an experienced construction injury attorney to learn what your legal options are for obtaining compensation. Contact the Sarkisian Law Offices today for a consultation by calling (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998.