Construction accidents can cause particularly serious injuries for workers. Those in the construction industry should be familiar with its potential dangers and how workers’ compensation benefits may be able to help them when they have been harmed.
The construction industry can be particularly dangerous. Potential dangers and types of constructions injuries can include:
- Fall injuries – falls can occur from many different heights on construction job sites including from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders and other heights. Falls can seriously injure workers.
- Falling objects – construction workers can be injured on the job from falling objects that have not been properly secured. Improperly secured equipment, for instance, can fall from overhead and injure workers.
- Equipment-related injuries – workers can be injured from a variety of different types of equipment on the job such as a misfiring nail gun or other equipment-related injuries.
- Backover and crush injuries – because heavy machinery is present on most construction sites, workers can be injured if they are backed over and crushed between machinery and something else.
- Collapse injuries – collapse injuries can occur when buildings or trenches collapse on workers and trap them or otherwise injure them.
- Fires and explosions – fires, explosions and hazardous materials can also injure construction workers.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured construction workers through the recovery process following the injuries they have suffered at work. Because workers’ compensation benefits can help with medical expenses and lost earnings, it is important to understand what they include and how they can help injured workers with construction injuries.