Construction Sites and Workers Compensation
Construction sites are notoriously dangerous, putting workers at risk of serious injury on a daily basis. Worksite obstacles, crowded spaces, lack of training, and dangerous machinery all contribute to the inherently unsafe nature of construction sites. It is the employer’s duty to provide up-to-date safety equipment, follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) procedures and regulations, to halt work if weather is poor, and to uphold a priority of safety for all workers. Even so, accidents still happen on construction sites all too often. As a construction worker, it is absolutely crucial to understand your rights and benefits under workers compensation.
The most commonly-reported reasons that lead to serious injury or death on construction sites include:
- Inadequate training
- Misuse or abuse of tools, equipment or machinery
- Misuse or lack of safety gear
- Falling objects
- Inadequate weather conditions
- Chemical fumes and spills
- Fires and explosions
- Slip and fall injuries
- Unsafe scaffolding and ladders
Many types of injuries can occur in these scenarios, such as broken bones, fractures, burns, lacerations, head injury or traumatic brain injury, respiratory damage, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs, and even death, all of which are covered under workers compensation insurance. If you are suffering from a worksite injury or illness, it’s important that you receive benefits that can help compensate for lost earnings, medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy, and necessities for your dependents.
No matter the situation, it is possible that your employer will contest your claim for workers compensation. If this happens, your case will be heard by an administrative judge or a designated administrative agency in order to reach a decision. Hiring a seasoned workers compensation lawyer will significantly increase your chance of receiving the benefits that you need, along with your medical records, statements, past OSHA violations, current working conditions, and any other documentation that strengthens your claim.