Construction projects are often very complex, involving input from a number of parties such as architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and laborers. Due to the complex nature of construction projects, and the use of large-scale equipment, it is inevitable that accidents will occur. In fact, construction accidents make up approximately 10% of all work-related injuries.
In areas like Southern New Jersey, where development seems to be never-ending, the number of construction accidents/injuries is astonishing. If you work in the construction field, it is important to understand the risks associated with your job and the benefits you may be entitled to in the event of an accident.
Some of the most common construction site injuries occur as a result of:
- Misuse of Equipment and/or Machinery;
- Falls from Buildings, Scaffolding, Equipment and Ladders;
- Collisions and Impact with Falling Objects;
- Repetitive Use Injuries/Occupational Exposure;
- Burns, Electrocution, or Exposure to Toxic Chemicals;
There are specific State and Federal laws which establish safety standards that must be followed on construction sites. Those include required protective gear, designated and marked construction zones, and proper operation of machinery and tools. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established requirements for employers to maintain a safe work environment for their employees, and when not followed, employers may be subject to fines and other penalties. If you are hurt on the job due to an unsafe environment or negligence on the part of a third party, you may be entitled to more than just workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are injured in a construction accident, you should: 1. report the accident/injury to your employer, 2. document your medical treatment and/or bills, and 3. contact a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you are receiving all of the benefits to which you are entitled.
The lawyers at Hyberg, White & Mann specialize in workers’ compensation and personal injury claims and have handled countless construction accident claims. If you have been injured on the job, call 609-407-1000 today to get the representation you deserve.
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