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Possible workplace hazards in the construction industry

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace safety is a goal that might be shared by many individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere who operate in the construction industry, employers and employees alike. Although efforts to improve workplace safety are constantly evolving, construction accidents continue to occur at an unnerving rate. Construction accidents can occur under a variety of scenarios and knowing some of the most prevalent causes of these incidents might be vital to promoting a safer work environment.

Safety hazards

While there are various scenarios in which a construction worker might suffer harm on the job, experts indicate that some types of incidents may prove more common than others. For instance, fall-related accidents continue to be a major concern in this industry. Whether involving falls from heights or falls stemming from surface hazards, similar incidents could pose a substantial threat to the health of a worker.

Incidents in which a worker is struck by or caught in-between heavy-duty machines or vehicles are also common types of construction accidents. These incidents can also carry dire results that could leave a worker with severe injuries and facing a lengthy recovery period. Another prevalent safety hazard on many job sites involves the threat of electrocution or shock and protecting against similar threats could prove vital to promoting safety.

Injured workers

In addition to the possibility of suffering severe injuries, construction accidents could also prompt dire financial challenges that might accompany the costs of medical care and loss of wages during recovery. Those who face similar issues may be eligible to seek aid through the workers’ compensation insurance system, and they could choose to retain the services of an attorney for assistance in navigating the process. An attorney can work with a client in North Carolina in evaluating the incident and preparing a strategy with which to seek the full amount of compensation available.