Hazards Faced By Construction Workers
Construction workers face dangers every day on the job, and there are hazards lurking around every corner on a construction site.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 738 deaths occurred in 2011 on construction sites. This accounts for 17.6% of all private industry worker fatalities that year. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites are falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and the “caught-in between” crushing deaths. OSHA refers to these as the “fatal four,” and these four types of injuries accounted for nearly three out of five construction worker deaths in 2011.
If you are a construction worker and are injured at a job site, seek medical assistance right away. Construction injuries are often extremely serious and even catastrophic. Seeking medical assistance right away can help minimize the impact of lasting injuries.
If you suffered injury or a loved one has lost his or her life on a construction job site, an experienced Tucson workplace injury attorney can help guide you through both the worker’s compensation process and the legal process. If you are injured on the job in Arizona, most often your injury will be covered by a worker’s compensation claim. Your attorney can help guide you through the worker’s compensation paperwork that needs to be filled out and help you meet the deadlines.
If the injuries are serious, the insurance carrier of the party responsible will usually try to settle your case by offering a financial payout. Most often the financial payout offer will not be nearly enough to cover your care or meet your family’s needs.
Your workplace injury lawyer can also advise you on whether to file a lawsuit against the responsible party in addition to your worker’s compensation claim. In many cases, you may also have a valid third party claim against a landowner or some other party.
Stay safe on the job and away from the fatal four, but if you become injured, seek counsel immediately to protect your rights.