Construction workers are employed on a wide variety of projects, including the building of residential or commercial structures, highways, overpasses, railroads, sewers, streets and more. Drilling for oil and engaging in mineral exploration also fall under the umbrella of the construction industry. While this industry can be rewarding, it remains the most dangerous for workers.
The hazards construction workers face are numerous, but can generally be sorted into three categories:
Falling remains the leading cause of injury and death in this industry. In many instances, construction will require individuals to climb to great heights to get the job done, so be aware of poor scaffolding, unprotected sides and misused portable ladders.
Construction involves heavy equipment that is often in motion. Swinging cranes and falling objects can strike workers and cause severe injury or death. Workers are also susceptible to getting struck by a negligent driver of a company truck.
Installing or repairing electrical lines poses a number of hazards, including possible contact with power lines or the use of defective equipment. Employees must be provided with adequate protection when asked to work near electrical power circuits.
Companies have a responsibility to provide employees with a relatively safe working environment, which includes following all OSHA regulations. If you have been injured on the job, contact the construction accident attorneys at the McMinn Law Firm. You may be entitled to compensation. Call us today.