Construction projects are a necessary part of a functioning and developing society, but working in the construction industry can be dangerous. Some serious and often fatal accidents occur on construction sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), fatalities in the private construction industry were up 9% in 2014 over 2013. 2014 saw the largest number of construction deaths since 2007.

Common Types of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents can occur in any number of ways, but there are some types of accidents that are more common than others, such as:
● Falls
● Being Hit with Falling Objects
● Crushing Injuries
● Injuries Due to Machinery or Equipment
● Electrocutions
● Chemical Spills
When an accident happens, it can cause life-threatening injuries or death. In some cases, victims become permanently disabled.
Falls in construction areas happen often. The areas in and around construction sites are often uneven, and may sometimes be wet or slippery. Workers may also slip and fall from structures, sometimes even from great heights. Equipment and machinery used during the building process can malfunction or be used improperly. Many other types of accidents occur, as well.

Injuries Caused by Construction Accidents
Various kinds of injuries result from construction accidents. Sprains, strains, lacerations, and contusions are among the most common minor injuries. However, many very severe injuries occur on construction sites, as well. These include such things as head trauma, back and neck injuries, broken bones, and amputations. These types of injuries may require surgery, and quite a bit of rehabilitation and recovery. In some cases, full recovery is not possible.

Negligence in Construction Accidents
Construction companies, managers, and owners may be responsible for accidents that occur on their premises. Owners, and others, must take the necessary precautions to ensure that construction sites are as safe as possible. They need to regularly inspect the premises for safety problems. Machinery and equipment must be properly maintained and repaired when needed. Employees need training to operate cranes, forklifts, and other machinery. If a problem is noted, it needs to be corrected before any injuries happen. Unfortunately, proper care is not always taken, and workers are injured on a work site. In many cases, the company or other party was negligent. If so, the victim may be entitled to compensation. When a workplace accident happens, OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, investigates to determine the cause.

What to Do After a Construction Site Injury
If a construction accident happens to you, it is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries may not seem serious at first, but may actually worsen over time. The accident should be reported to a manager immediately, and a report made according to company requirements. Be sure to keep all documentation of medical treatment and medications.
The injury is likely covered through workers’ compensation. However, it is best to speak with a personal injury attorney to ensure that you get the money you deserve. Legal action may be necessary to get everything you are owed. For example, in addition to medical costs, you are also entitled to money for lost wages, and for pain and suffering. If you become disabled, you may need money to cover your inability to work, and for loss of enjoyment of life. There may be other damages, as well.

If you were injured in a construction site accident, you need a strong, knowledgeable attorney on your side. Contact our experienced legal team, the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea, to schedule a consultation today.


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