What are the Most Common Construction Site Accident Types?

Construction Site AccidentThere are a lot of very good reasons for choosing a career in construction. The job gives you the chance to go to work every day and create something that is going to last for a long time, and that will serve a very real purpose. You get the satisfaction of seeing your work product grow, all while making a good living and having significant job security.

Unfortunately, along with all of those positive aspects, there are also some negative ones, and the most concerning is the high risk of injury on the job. Construction sites can be dangerous places. Workers can hurt themselves through exertion or as a result of an accident. Fortunately, for those who are injured there are a number of legal protections and remedies available.

People on constructions sites are vulnerable to a wide array of injuries, largely because there are so many different possibilities for types of accidents. The most common construction site accidents include:

  • Falling from heights such as a scaffolding, a piece of machinery, or a part of a building, or into a hole or ditch.
  • Being trapped in a trench collapse
  • Standing on a scaffolding that collapses
  • Electric shock or burns from generators, tools, machinery or wiring
  • Injuries caused by lack of protective gear such as safety glasses, protective gloves or shoes, or hardhats
  • Repetitive motion injuries from doing the same motion

The injuries sustained in these accidents can be minor or have deadly outcomes. They include:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Eye injuries
  • Knee and ankle injuries
  • Back injury
  • Neck injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Illnesses resulting from toxic exposure

Being injured on the job leads to both medical expenses and lost wages during treatment and rehabilitation. Compensation for these expenses, as well as for long-term disability, can first be pursued through your employer in the form of workers’ compensation.

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault form of insurance that has a highly specific application process that you need to follow. You can also seek compensation from third-parties that may have contributed to your injury in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.

If you or someone you love has been injured on a construction site, we can help. Contact us today to learn about the claim options that are available to you.