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Construction Work Dangers
Posted on March 5, 2017
Construction work is a welcome sign of progress and of a healthy economy. New construction signals new job opportunities across a wide variety of industries – whether it is new retail establishments, entertainment complexes, or commercial properties that will provide thousands of people with new job opportunities. From the start, construction offers employment opportunities for those who work to build these new businesses. Along with new job opportunities, though, construction work brings with it opportunities for work injuries, as construction work is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.
The Most Common Construction Work Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that the majority of workplace accidents that occur in the construction industry involve the “Fatal Four” – falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and getting stuck in/between something. According to OSHA statistics for the year 2014, over 20 percent of worker deaths were in the construction industry and more than half of these deaths were as a result of one of the Fatal Four.
I Have Been Injured On My Construction Jobsite – What Should I Do?
When injured during the course of your employment, the first thing to do is to get the medical attention you need. Be sure to keep copies of all medical documentation – reports, expenses, receipts – so that they are available when you need them. The next thing to do is to make sure your employer is aware of the accident and your injuries; file an official report and be sure to keep a copy of this report for your records as well. Lastly, speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to learn about your rights and responsibilities. If you have been injured while on the job, your employer is required to provide workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may include money for lost wages and medical expenses; the best way to learn what you are entitled to is to get the facts about workers’ compensation and how to proceed.
Let Us Assist You Today
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact The Law Office of William C. McCaskill, PLLC. Our legal professionals have the experience you can rely on to answer all of your workers’ compensation questions and to help you what to do about your workers’ compensation case. Contact us today to learn how we can help you get the recovery you deserve.