Construction occupations can be dangerous which is why construction workers should be familiar with the different types of construction injuries that are a risk in the industry. They should also be familiar with the legal resources and remedies that may be available to injured construction workers.
Common types of construction site injuries
Construction injuries can be severe injuries that can leave construction workers with lasting harm. Construction injuries can include:
- Falls and falling objects: One of the most common types of construction injuries are fall injuries. Construction workers may fall from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders and other heights on construction sites. Falling objects can also lead to construction site injuries when improperly secured tools fall from above or when other materials are not properly secured overhead.
- Equipment related accidents and backover or crush-between accidents: Because of the presence of potentially dangerous equipment, heavy machinery and large trucks on a construction site, construction workers can suffer severe injuries such as from a misfiring nail gun or when a vehicle is backed up over a construction worker who may be pinned between the vehicle and another structure.
- Trench or building collapses: Construction workers can be injured in trench or building collapse accidents when a trench or building collapses with workers inside.
Legal remedies after a construction accident
Construction workers can also suffer from burn injuries from fires or explosions on the job, repetitive motion injuries due to the nature of construction work or occupational illnesses. Construction site injuries can be severe and may also result in death. Different options may be available to injured workers depending on the circumstances including workers’ compensation and third-party claims. It is important for injured construction workers to know which options may be able to help them when they are left with a construction injury.