It is no secret that there is a current labor shortage in the construction industry. As companies continue struggling to find enough workers to meet deadlines, the ever-present risk of workplace injuries continues to increase. This is due to the fact that those who are working are under immense pressure from their employers and higher-ups to complete jobs quickly. This often leads to corners being cut and safety measures being ignored, which can put workers in danger.
Corners Are Constantly Being Cut
The sad reality is that it is not uncommon for shortcuts to be taken, whether by contractors, inspectors, supervisors etc., in order for projects to be completed on time and within budget. With the current labor shortage, these corners are being cut even shorter in a way that dramatically jeopardizes worker safety. These shortcuts include:
- Using untrained or unqualified workers.
- Forcing laborers to work long hours.
- Lacking protocols or supervision.
Lack of Sufficient Training
One of the biggest dangers posed by the current construction worker shortage is the lack of training for those who are still employed. With insufficient laborers to go around, workers with little to no experience in the field are being hired while failing to be given the proper training and guidance necessary for safe labor.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1 in 5 worker deaths in 2019 were in construction. Combine this fact with the lack of training, and this statistic will undoubtedly increase.
Laborers are Overworked
Due to the increased demand, many workers are being required to take extra shifts or work longer hours. This misplaced sense of urgency puts an inordinate amount of pressure on laborers who are already working in dangerous conditions.
The ensuing fatigue that sets in can lead to mistakes that result in accidents. Due to their long hours and strenuous work, it is not uncommon for construction workers to suffer from:
- Back injuries,
- Repetitive strain injuries,
- Heat exhaustion,
- Overexertion, etc.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you find the negligent parties responsible and recover the compensation you deserve.
Seeking Compensation for Chicago Construction Accidents
If you are injured while working, you can typically receive benefits for your medical expenses and lost wages through the workers’ compensation system. In other circumstances, you may be able to file a lawsuit against a third-party, such as a contractor, subcontractor or property owner, if your injury resulted from their negligence. If you were injured in a construction accident and are wondering how you can recover compensation, Anesi Ozmon has the knowledge and experience to help.
If you are seeking compensation after a construction accident, contact us today at (312) 779-6610 or fill out our form online!