Construction accidents have a range of causes, from faulty equipment and improper tool use to unsafe work conditions and simple errors. If you were recently injured in an accident of this kind, you're likely within your rights to file a worker’s compensation claim. Here, learn about some of the most common accident types.
What Accidents Typically Occur on Construction Sites?
Forklifts, backhoes, and other large machinery can inflict severe injuries due to improper operation, visibility problems, and equipment malfunctions. For example, a worker could be struck by a forklift or crane if they're wearing noise-canceling headphones and don't hear the warning call. Similarly, a technician who wasn’t properly trained could accidentally injure another employee when mishandling machinery.
2. Fires & Explosions
The use of flammable chemicals and materials may result in fires and explosions, depending on how they're handled and what they come in contact with. Incorrectly-installed electrical wiring and gas lines also increase the risk of an explosion.
3. Falling Objects & Materials
A wide variety of falling materials and objects can hit construction workers, depending on the location and premise security. For example, tools that aren't adequately secured to scaffolding can hit workers on the ground and cause serious injuries. Building materials and equipment can also fall from different heights and result in worker's compensation claims.
4. Falling From Heights
Cuts, lacerations, and broken bones are among the injuries construction workers sustain when they fall from assorted heights, such as when they're working on roofing systems or within window frames. Falls from ladders and scaffolding can also occur and cause serious, if not fatal, injuries.
5. Trench Collapses
Unfortunately, trenches can collapse while workers are laboring within them, causing them to become trapped. Workers can also sustain severe or fatal injuries from objects hitting them as the trench collapses, such as machinery or tools. Depending on what the trench is for, it can also expose the worker to toxic fumes from damaged gas lines.
If you need help filing a worker’s compensation claim, contact Stine & Associates, P.C. This attorney and her staff have over 20 years of experience specializing in worker’s compensation and personal injury claims for residents throughout Greensburg, PA, and the surrounding areas. Call the law firm today at (724) 837-0160 to schedule a free consultation, or visit them online for more information about their practice areas.