Many of our Pennsylvania workers' compensation clients are construction workers. In my years as a workers' compensation lawyer, I've seen just about every type of work injury there is to get on a construction or building site. This article explores some of the more common construction accidents in the workplace.
Ladders always carry a danger. When ladders are used to move between different levels on a construction site injury can be caused in a number of ways. One of the more serious injuries we have seen was when someone had failed to secure a ladder to the next level. As the user ascended the ladder it came away from the scaffolding causing him to fall over 30 feet to the floor, shattering his heel in the process.
Other injuries using ladders occur when someone is carrying equipment which is too heavy, causing them to fall away from the ladder, or when there is insufficient ladder protruding above the next level causing the user to miss their footing with nothing to hold onto.Falling Debris.
Another common cause of accidents is debris falling from a height landing on workers on lower levels or working on the ground levels. Depending on the item that is dropped (from wooden planks to brickwork) and the height it is falling these accidents can cause severe injuries.Falling From Heights.
Due the nature of a construction site many workers are working at several stories high. Roofers particularly are at risk from falling from a great height. If the fall is as a result of poorly constructed scaffolding or a defective roof you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This could also be the case if you have not been provided with the correct safety equipment or the right level and amount of training.
If you are using power tools on a construction site these can lead to injury either through defects in the machinery itself, inadequate training or failure to provide the correct safety equipment.
Trips and Slips.
Due to the amount of equipment on a construction site it is quite common for workers to slip or trip over discarded equipment or debris and suffer injury. This can be particularly hazourdous if the trip or slip leads the victim to fall into holes on the site. Trips and slips are a common hazard on a building site, and whilst each employee must take all necessary action to prevent injury, if the employer has failed to take the necessary steps you will be able to make a claim for compensation.Summary.
A construction site is a dangerous place to work, but your employer must do all that they can to keep you safe. If they fail to discharge their duty to protect you and you suffer injury, you can make a claim for compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of earnings and any other expenses.
Thanks to Nick Jervis for this information. You can read more about being Injured At Work? Find out more about Work Accidents generally and read our Free Work Accident Claims Guide. Nick Jervis is a solicitor (non-practising) and a consultant to Work Accident Solicitors who specialise in Work Accident Claims.