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Common Types of Construction Accidents

Construction accidents can occur for a number of reasons. OSHA requires employers to obtain permits, conduct regular inspections, and implement job safety programs to prevent workplace accidents. Negligence, product defects and failure to adhere to safety policies and procedures can result in avoidable accidents. Some of the leading causes of construction accidents include:

Falls

One of the most common types of construction accidents are falls. Workers are at high risk of falling from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders, and other heights at work.

Falling Objects

When on the construction site, workers are at risk of being struck by objects from above. Some examples include falling tools used above the worker or materials that aren’t properly secured. Brain and spinal injuries can occur from these accidents, even if you’re wearing appropriate safety equipment such as hardhats.

Dangerous/Defective Equipment

Machinery used on construction sites can be dangerous and sometimes fail. For example, a forklift could fail to work properly or a nail gun could misfire. If equipment is unsafe or dangerous and causes an injury, you may have a product liability claim. OSHA requires that all equipment is inspected properly and if there is a defect, any party in the chain of distribution may be responsible.

Vehicle and Crush-Betweens

Workers are at risk of being run over by large trucks due to the size of the vehicle and multiple blindspots. They are sometimes crushed between large vehicles and walls or concrete. These types of accidents can be related to supervisor neglect in controlling a work site.

Fire and Explosions

Construction sites often contain hazardous conditions such as exposed wiring, leaking pipes, and flammable chemicals that could lead to fires and explosions. Although less common than some other types of accidents, these can cause serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

Building Collapses

A building that’s being demolished or that’s under construction can  unexpectedly collapse, injuring or even killing those inside. Even if the cause of the accident can’t be directly determined, you or your loved ones may have a claim and can receive compensation.

Overexertion

Due to the physical labor required for construction work, employees in this industry often have injuries related to overexertion, including:

  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Muscle and joint damage
  • Heat stress in hot conditions leading to brain, heart, kidney damage, and sometimes death
  • Hypothermia or frostbite in cold climates resulting in the loss of fingers, toes, and parts of the face

Respiratory

Due to the amount of dust and chemicals construction workers often breathe in, many can suffer from respiratory issues. It is the responsibility of the employee and job supervisor to ensure that proper respiratory masks are worn at all times, preventing long-term issues.

How Can an Attorney Help Me Recover from Construction Injuries?

Our team of lawyers have a history of success with both worker’s compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits involving construction workers. For more than 30 years, we have been helping to protect the rights of injured workers throughout North Carolina. If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact us or call (800) 525-7111 today. Our representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are ready to assist. For construction workers, Justice Counts!