...and what to do if you get into one!
Los Angeles construction workers are always at risk of being injured on the job. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics
, there are about 77,000 construction site accidents each year. Without a doubt, it's one of the most dangerous professions out there. That's why, if you work in the construction industry, you should be aware of the most frequent types of construction site accidents.
With that in mind, here are the 10 most common construction site accidents. And remember, if you are injured at work, you might want to consult with a construction accident attorney to learn the value of your case, and to increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
1. Slips and falls
Several hazards can cause slips and falls on construction sites, such as misplaced tools, debris, cables, etc. Additionally, slippery surfaces and uneven surfaces can be especially dangerous. This type of accident often results in injuries to the head, joints, back, etc.2. Falls from great heights/Scaffolding
Many workers must work at very high heights, on ladders, scaffolding, roofs, windows, etc. This type of accident is one of the most dangerous, and according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics
, it accounts for more than 34% of construction site deaths.3. Electrocution
Given that construction sites are works in progress, it's not uncommon to find exposed wiring, power lines, and incomplete electrical systems. Coming into contact with it could cause a severe electrical shock.4. Getting caught in-between objects or materials
Construction sites are often filled with heavy machinery and large tools, as well as heavy materials and big pieces of debris. Sometimes, workers can be trapped or even crushed between two large objects, which can lead to severe injuries.5. Motor vehicle accidents
Many vehicles are often found on construction sites, such as vans, steamrollers, bulldozers, cranes, trucks, etc. Therefore, there is a considerable risk that one of the workers will be hit by one of these motor vehicles. Moreover, some constructions are usually located at the side of the road, which adds to the risk factor of drivers passing near the site.6. Overexertion
Many hours of work and intense physical labor under unfavorable conditions can cause workers to suffer overexertion-related injuries, such as muscle strains, and even heat stroke under certain conditions.7. Fires and explosions
Several things can cause fires and explosions on construction sites, such as unfinished electrical systems, gas leaks, damaged pipes, etc. A small spark is all it takes for such an incident to injure workers nearby.8. Exposure to toxic chemicals
On certain construction sites, toxic materials may be used during the project. Mishandling of these substances can cause workers to suffer short- or long-term health consequences.9. Falling debris
On multi-level construction sites, it is common for pieces of debris to fall from great heights and workers below are at risk of being hit by them.10. Machinery accidents
Construction sites usually have all kinds of heavy machinery. A mistake while using these types of tools can result in severe injuries, such as broken bones, burns, cuts and lacerations, and even death.
You deserve compensation after a work injury - C&B Law Group can help.
A construction accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. An injury caused by one can prevent you from working, and may even have long-term repercussions. That's why you deserve a construction accident lawyer
, to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, etc.
The best way to secure the maximum compensation possible for your case is to work with an experienced construction accident attorney.
When you are looking for a lawyer, consider C&B Law Group as your first choice. They are a team of experienced and committed attorneys who are willing to do everything in their power to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve.
This law firm specializes in personal injury, labor law, and workers' compensation
. Their team of attorneys have settled hundreds of cases and have recovered over $7 million for their clients in the last year alone.
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Their attorneys are ready to answer your questions 24/7, and they offer completely free initial consultations. C&B might be your best bet to get maximum compensation!