Many people in the Cleveland area work in the construction industry. This industry has lots of jobs available and typically pays well. Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous workplace environment with thousands of people injured in construction site injuries each year. Due to the nature of construction jobs, many who are involved in these types of accidents suffer life-changing injuries. There are many types of construction site injuries, many of which are fatal.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, nearly 5,000 construction workers are involved in a fatal accident each year with another 3.5 million injured on the job. The most common types of construction injuries include:
- Structure collapse
- Falling objects
- Equipment-related accidents
- Trench collapses
- Burn accidents
- Heat stroke
- Exposure to chemicals
In many cases, construction accidents happen because of negligence on the job site by the people who are in charge. In order to ensure construction workers and visitors are safe, it is the duty of employers and site managers to do everything in their power to ensure property safety protocol. There are numerous important safety measures put in place by both federal and state government, all of which are designed to protect workers and visitors to the site.
However, it’s important to note that workers do not have to prove anyone acted negligently in order to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers who have been injured in a construction site accident may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in workplace injuries. They have the experience necessary to investigate how the accident occurred and who is at fault. They can help their client receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve so that they and their family’s future is protected.