Construction is a major industry in the United States and more construction is typically indicative of a growing economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry employs more than nine million workers in the United States. At the same time, construction jobs are regarded as some of the most dangerous in the country. Approximately one in every five fatalities occurs on construction sites. There are many tasks that need to be accomplished in the construction of a building – many of these tasks are inherently dangerous and may be the cause of injuries and deaths.
The Fatal Four
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tracks work-related injuries. They have a list of the “fatal four” most common causes of construction workers’ deaths in the United States. These include:
- Being struck by an object
- Caught in-between or crushed by machinery or equipment
Other construction site injuries include heat stroke, burns, spinal cord injuries, hearing loss, loss of limbs, broken bones, loss of vision, and repetitive stress injuries. If you were hurt while on the job at a construction site you may be owed money for your injuries. In general, workers’ compensation should cover your medical treatments and a portion of your wages while you are recovering from an injury.
Construction Site Safety
All employers are required to provide safe working environments for their employees and others. Construction sites must follow strict guidelines that are provided through OSHA. Employees must be properly trained on the use of equipment and machinery and adequate supervision is required to oversee all tasks. Workers must wear protective gear such as hard hats and steel-toed shoes, as well as safety glasses in some areas.
Employers must ensure that machinery is functioning as it should and that it is properly maintained. If a problem is noted, the company should stop the task immediately until a correction can be made. The employer needs to give safety instructions to employees and verify that they are followed.
What to Do If You Are Injured
If you are injured on the job, you should report the incident to your supervisor immediately. You may need to fill out an internal accident report. Note any witnesses to the event and provide details of exactly what occurred. Get medical care for your injuries as soon as possible. Your employer should provide you with a list of doctors or medical facilities where you can receive treatment. You won’t need to pay for medical expenses out-of-pocket.
The company is required to report any injuries to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. If the claim is denied or if you are not provided with the correct benefits, you may need to get legal help. An experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney will help make sure that your claim is submitted properly and will work to resolve any issues if the claim was denied.
If you or a loved one were hurt in a construction accident, do not delay. Contact The Bader Law Firm today for a free initial case consultation.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.