It is clear that some occupations in New Jersey and elsewhere are inherently risky. One of these occupations is construction. While it is possible to work in this field and never suffer an injury or be involved in an accident on a worksite, the reality is that construction accidents are common and could be the result of safety issues on the worksite. Thus, it is important to not understand how to avoid these incidents and resulting injuries but also what are the common causes for construction injuries.
Based on current statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA, there are more than 6.5 million construction workers laboring at over 250,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. However, whether one is at a large or small construction company, workers face the same dangers. This is true whether they are working on a skyscraper or building a home.
Falls are a major concern on construction sites. Many work at heights, so ensuring ladders and scaffolds are inspected and safety features are supplied, such as fall gear, could help reduce the chances of fall accidents. Safety gear in general could help reduce serious injuries. Items could fall, striking a worker, so wearing protective gear, such as a helmet, could reduce harm to the head.
Finally, training new employees and continually educating current employees could help reduce accidents. While these steps could help reduce accidents, the unfortunate reality is that they still occur. This means that injured employees will need to understand what rights they have following a construction site accident.
Construction injuries can have a long-term impact
A construction accident could leave a worker seriously injured, thus, unable to work for an extended period of time. The physical and financial harms related to this type of work accident can be extensive, making it imperative that an injured worker understands their rights and options. Seeking workers’ compensation benefits can be a very valuable and necessary step to take, as it can provide the financial support needed to obtain necessary medical care and address lost wages resulting from missed work.