Construction workers know their job carries risks. What they may not realize is just how common accidents, injuries and deaths are in their field of work.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 100,000 construction job accidents occur every year in the U.S. that result in injuries which force workers to miss work, accept job restrictions or transfer to another job. Many construction workers find that they cannot return to work at all after an accident. Thousands of them die in job-related accidents.
If you have been hurt in an accident connected to your job in construction or have lost a loved one, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits or additional compensation. Contact Geoff McDonald & Associates to learn more.
We are committed to helping people just like you in Richmond and elsewhere in Virginia. Our goal is to make sure you are properly compensated as you recover.
Construction Site Accident Hazards
It is important to be aware of the risks that exist at construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the most common construction site accidents are:
- Falls from scaffolding, ladders, roofs or unguarded openings
- Being struck by equipment, materials or falling debris
- Being struck by vehicles such as forklifts or trucks
- Strains from lifting, carrying, reaching or climbing (which can lead to traumatic injuries or repetitive stress injuries)
- Being caught in or compressed by machinery
- Trench or excavation collapses / cave-ins
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to toxins or other dangerous substances.
Many construction site accidents occur because workers and/or their supervisors fail to follow established safety protocols. OSHA reports that the top 10 most frequently violated safety standards involve:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication
- Scaffolding requirements
- Respiratory protection
- Electrical wiring methods, components and equipment
- Use of powered industrial trucks
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout procedures)
- Electrical system designs
- Machinery and machine guarding.
Construction project supervisors and owners are legally required to ensure that construction sites are safe. They must ensure that workers are trained in safety protocols and the proper use of tools and equipment. They also must make sure that each worker has been issued safety equipment that functions properly.
Legal Options for Injured Construction Workers
Construction workers injured on the job may be eligible for Virginia workers’ compensation benefits. This includes funds to pay for medical costs, replace a portion of one’s lost wages and cover fees for vocational rehabilitation.
If you have been denied benefits, you have a right to appeal and to have an attorney represent you in your appeals hearings. It is important to not give up on obtaining benefits you need and have earned.
In some cases, a non-employer may be responsible for injuries that a construction worker suffers at a job site. It may be possible to seek additional compensation through a third-party liability claim.
Contact a Richmond Construction Accident Attorney
An attorney from Geoff McDonald & Associates can guide you through the Virginia workers’ compensation system and ensure your claim is properly handled. We can also seek any other compensation you may be entitled to receive, including personal injury damages.
If you work in the construction industry in Virginia and have suffered a workplace injury or illness, you can count on our attorneys to protect your rights. We offer each client our No Fee Guarantee®. You won’t pay for our legal services unless we collect compensation for you.
Call us or fill out our online contact form now to find out more. Our consultations are always free and carry no obligations.
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