Construction accidents are one of the most common types of accidents in the United States, and are responsible for a large number of worker injuries and fatalities each year. However, if they follow the proper safety rules, such accidents can be avoided.
In fact, according to data obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction accidents cause about 150,000 injured workers, who usually result in very serious injuries.
On the other hand, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known by its acronym OSHA, indicates that 1 in 10 construction workers in the country are injured each year.
The dangers and risks involved in construction, especially due to the different tools and heavy machinery that are often used in work activities, are one of the causes of the worst accidents. For this reason, knowledge of safety regulations is important.
If you have been the victim of a construction accident, Conexión Legal can provide you with the legal guidance you need. Call us now at 1800 201 1220 or write to us on WhatsApp, so that you have the opportunity to get the best lawyer for your case.
How can construction accidents be avoided?
There are many safety rules and regulations that must be followed on a construction site to avoid serious injuries that can even endanger the worker’s life. Here are some of the most important.
- Wear safety shoes
Among the causes of the worst construction accidents, one of the most common is usually slips, which in turn often lead to other types of accidents, such as falls, electrocution, among others.
To avoid any type of injury related to slips and falls, it is important to make sure you wear safety shoes that allow you to work on wet surfaces without any risk.
- Check the condition of the tools
A defective tool can be the cause of burns and all kinds of accidents that can result in serious injuries to the worker, which can even cause death if not treated in time.
Before using any type of tool, it is important to verify that it is in optimal conditions, in order to avoid any type of injury when handling it.
- Check the good condition of the machinery
Like tools, heavy machinery that is not in good condition can be the cause of the worst construction accidents, leading to a large number of injuries that can vary in the intensity, depending on the circumstances in which the event occurs.
In this case, before using any type of machinery, it is important to carry out a complete check in which it can be verified that everything is in perfect condition, so that the worker can be safe at all times.
- Clean the work area
When working in construction, debris often accumulates on job sites, which can cause serious injuries and accidents to workers.
To prevent the accumulation of materials from causing construction accidents, it is important to always clear the area before starting work, so that no accidents occur.
- Use proper safety equipment
The vast majority of serious injuries in construction accidents occur due to the lack of proper safety equipment on the worker, which can lead to injuries from falls, bruns, etc.
To avoid this type of injury, it is important that the worker always uses the appropriate safety equipment, which includes a helmet, safety harness, reflective vest, safety glasses and boots, ear protection and any other type of utensil that provides safety to the worker while performing his or her tasks.
What can I do if I had an accident due to lack of safety equipment?
In a construction site, the employer must always ensure that workers have access to the mandatory safety tools to avoid serious accidents.
If you were involved in a construction accident due to the lack of proper safety equipment for the tasks you were performing, you can file a claim with an accident attorney for a chance to receive millions in compensation.
Contact our Conexión Legal team now at 1800 201 1220, or email us on WhatsApp, to get the free legal assistance you need. We will find you the best construction accident lawyer in the area to handle your case.