A job in the construction industry is extremely dangerous. It involves working on elevated structures like buildings and scaffolding, operating heavy machinery, and using power tools that can result in electrical shocks and burns.
In 2016, 991 out of 4,693 total worker fatalities were in construction. That’s one in five worker deaths, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). While it’s unfortunate that construction accidents are so common, California employees can rely on workers’ compensation to alleviate the immense physical and financial burden of recovery.
Top Construction Accidents Causing Workers’ Comp Claims
Despite rigid safety regulations, construction sites are full of hazards that can lead to accidents and injury. According to the Injury Impact Report released by Travelers Companies Insurance, the following are the top construction accidents causing workers’ compensation claims:
Material handling (32 percent of total claims)
Material handling involves the delivery, movement, storage, and control of materials and other products for a construction project.
Slips, trips and falls (11 percent of total claims)
Construction workers can trip and fall over tools and building materials, spilled liquid, trenches, and uneven ground.
Being struck by or colliding with an object (10 percent of total claims)
There are many instances where a construction worker may be hit with a flying, falling, swinging, or rolling object.
Accidents involving tools (9 percent)
Power tools present the risk of electrical burns and shocks. Injuries from nail guns result in about 22,000 work-related emergency room visits each year.
Fall from heights (9 percent)
Construction workers are at risk for falling from a building, scaffolding, or piece of machinery to the ground below.
The most common injuries caused by these construction accidents are:
Sprains and strains (28 percent of total claims)
Cuts or punctures (19 percent of total claims)
Fractures (11 percent of total claims)
Contusions (9 percent of total claims)
Eye injuries (5 percent of total claims)
Because the job of a construction worker is so physical, even minor injuries like a sprained ankle or broken finger can impact your ability to work. In fact, strains and sprains result in an average of 57 missed work days during the 4-year period of claims reviewed in the aforementioned report. That’s nearly 11 weeks of lost income. If you do some simple math, it’s easy to see how a construction injury can be financially devastating. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be.
Have you suffered a construction injury? Talk to a workers’ comp lawyer about your rights.
Knowing what types of construction accidents cause workers’ comp claims can help you foster a safer work environment. Of course, no matter how careful you are to avoid an injury, accidents happen. If you’ve been hurt on the job, you need a workers’ comp lawyer to fight for your right to fair compensation. Whether the construction accident was your fault or not, you are entitled to medical and wage loss benefits that can help you get back on your feet.
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At the Law Office of Gerald Brody & Associates, we have decades of experience defending the rights of injured workers. From the moment you walk into our office, we will identify all of the potential problems in your workers’ comp claim and develop a plan to remain on offense against your employer’s insurance carrier. Our goal is to provide zealous representation and to get you the maximum benefits you’re entitled to. Call us today at (619) 528-9800 to schedule a free consultation where we can discuss your options.