Workplace accidents happen far too often, especially on or near construction sites. The dangerous nature of the profession subjects workers to serious industry specific hazards. In Massachusetts, the construction industry is thriving, and the number of construction accidents is rising.
Statistics from the United States Department of Labor tell us that twenty percent of all workplace fatalities nationwide occur in the construction industry. In 2014, that was 899 deaths — more than two deaths per day. According to those statistics, the four most common types of construction injuries are:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught on, or crushed by equipment or collapsing buildings.
In addition to these “fatal four” reasons, construction workers are vulnerable to chemical exposures and to injuries sustained from faulty or poorly-maintained equipment.
As a construction worker, it is important not only to protect yourself on the job site but also to protect yourself after an incident or any construction site injury. If you’re injured on a construction job site, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
- Get medical attention, even if you are experiencing no immediate problems. An exam at the time of the incident should help identify any areas of concern that may surface down the road. Your employer may require you to visit a physician approved by their Worker’s compensation insurance carrier. Do so, but also see your personal healthcare provider, or an independent doctor, for a second opinion;
- Report the incident to a supervisor on site. Depending on the scope of the accident, OSHA may become involved. Ask for, and insist upon, copies of any reports or documents generated regarding the incident;
- Document, document, document. Write down what happened as soon as possible, take pictures, make a list of witnesses; and
- Do not sign anything, or accept any settlement that may be offered without consulting with an attorney. Protect yourself. Seek counsel from a Massachusetts Personal Injury attorney. You may be entitled to far more than Worker’s Comp can offer.
If you or a friend has been injured in a construction accident while on the job, we suggest to get legal representation. At the very least we can explain your rights and help identify your options moving forward. Call our office to schedule your free case evaluation.