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Construction Accidents: Common Causes and Injuries



April 20th, 2018

Construction accidents

Construction sites can be dangerous, killing and injuring thousands of workers every year. Workers are often required to use powerful machinery, scaffolding, and ladders and climb to great heights. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that one in ten construction workers dies every year in the US. It is important for workers to familiarize themselves with the common causes of these accidents to prevent their occurrence.

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Falls: This is one of the most common causes of construction accidents. Workers at construction sites are at risk of falling off scaffoldings, cranes, roofs, ladders and other equipment or machinery.

Falling objects: Workers at construction sites are at risk of getting struck by falling objects, such as tools or other construction materials, that are not properly secured. These objects can cause severe brain and spinal injuries even if proper safety equipment is worn.

Machinery-related accidents: Heavy machinery such as forklifts and dumpsters can malfunction and cause serious accidents and injuries to workers.

Electrocution, fires, and explosions: Construction sites often contain exposed wirings, leaking pipes and flammable chemicals that can lead to electrocution, fires and explosions and result in serious injuries.

Trench or building collapse: Trenches being built on construction sites may collapse and injure workers inside. Buildings under construction can suddenly or unexpectedly collapse and injure or kill workers.

Due to the strenuous physical labor required in the construction industry, workers are often victims of the following injuries:

  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Muscle and joint damage due to overuse
  • Heat stroke due to extremely hot temperatures
  • Hypothermia in cold climates
  • Burns and electrocution
  • Eye injuries resulting in vision impairment or blindness
  • Broken bones, knee and ankle injuries
  • Neck, shoulder, back and spinal cord injuries
  • Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
  • Head and brain injuries

Contact Us

If you have been injured in a construction accident, we can help you. We have the experience and knowledge and will fight to protect your financial future. Our construction accident lawyers have successfully represented thousands of construction workers. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

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