What Is the Leading Cause of Construction Accidents?

Individuals who work in the construction industry are prone to accidents, perhaps more than others. Operating heavy machinery, exposure to electrical lines, and working on elevated platforms are among the many risks construction workers face in the line of duty, which explains the high rate of construction accidents.

These accidents may cause various types of injuries that range in severity – from minor cuts and bruises to catastrophic injuries that may require extensive hospitalization. In extreme cases, construction accidents can prove fatal. The leading causes of construction accidents include:

  • Lack of fall protection systems like guardrails or safety nets
  • Toxic and hazardous materials such as chemicals
  • The actions of employees of other contractors on the job site
  • Tripping hazards
  • Lack of safety equipment such as helmets or gloves
  • Use of unsafe equipment
  • Electrocution

These instances form the bulk of such accidents, and most of them involve a clear disregard for your safety as a construction worker. If you have been the victim of a construction accident, your next action steps should be geared toward protecting your rights and getting the justice you deserve.

Inform your employer immediately after the accident occurs

It is important to make your employer aware of your workplace accident as soon as it occurs, most preferably in writing. Indicate the circumstances that led to your accident in detail and include any witnesses who were present. This will kickstart your compensation process and ensure that a formal record of your construction accident is available at your workplace.

Seek medical attention

Your wellbeing comes first, which explains the importance of a medical check-up following the accident. Besides, seeking medical attention will ensure that your injuries are well-documented, which can be presented as evidence for your claim.

Safeguard your rights

A construction accident can put you out of work for a considerable period. In addition, the potential income lost in time spent recuperating coupled with medical bills may negatively affect your life. Therefore, it is vital to look out for your interests to get the compensation that you deserve – it may be just what you need to get your life back on track. Workers would be wise to photograph the accident site and then immediately contact an attorney so their investigators can contact witnesses and obtain photographs.

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