While all worksites feature possible hazards, it is widely viewed that
construction sites and related workplaces feature the greatest number
of hazards and a much higher possibility for catastrophic and fatal injuries.
Due to the presence of heavy machinery, and precarious situations that
employees must work in, construction workers can be injured in a number of ways.
As such, it is important to be aware of the hazards present in construction
sites and the injuries that may result, which can include:
Fall Accidents: Construction workers are often called to work at great heights that are
often not completely stable. Falls can result in devastating injuries
or death if from high enough.
Structure Collapse: Although construction crews are obligated to build structures safely
and responsibly, mistakes may still happen. When these are great enough,
entire structures may collapse, injuring anyone nearby.
Falling Debris: With employees working on multiple levels at once, mistakes may cause
tools and various debris to fall onto workers below, likely causing injuries.
Crane Accidents: Cranes are large, heavy pieces of equipment that move many heavy items.
If the items being lifted or the crane itself falls, anyone underneath
can easily suffer fatal injuries.
Chemical Exposure: Many sites work with chemical or other hazardous materials that can cause
illness in those exposed without proper safety equipment.
Vehicle Accidents: Truck, forklifts, and other construction vehicles cross construction
sites throughout the day. If improperly controlled or malfunctioning,
those in it or around it can suffer injuries as a consequence.
Tool Malfunction Accidents: Construction workers depend on their tools for reliable service and proper
function. However, when these tools suffer disrepair or some form of malfunction,
they can cause
catastrophic injuries to unsuspecting workers.
Construction workers understand the risks of their work, but the injuries
they suffer can still be eligible for injury compensation. If you have
been injured in such an accident, contact the
Santa Cruz construction accident lawyers at Van Der Walde & Associates at (800) 900-0863.