2 Common Factors that Cause Construction Accidents

Construction accidents are incredibly common in our country for a variety of reasons. Work-sites are dangerous by nature, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues safety guidelines that, when followed, reduce the chances for injury.
Unfortunately, not every contractor follows those rules, and construction remains a dangerous profession. However, workers who are injured are not left to heal on their own dollar because they have the right to file for workers compensation, and sometimes, they can file lawsuits against negligent employers.

The process of securing compensation may seem daunting to most. Fortunately, injured workers don’t have to go it alone. If you are recovering from an injury after a construction accident, we can help. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we have expertise in both personal injury law and workers’ compensation. We can evaluate your situation and advise you on the best way forward. To schedule a free consultation with a negligence attorney in Chicago, call us at (800)-985-1819.

1. Lack of Protective Gear

Many construction accidents could be prevented through the use of proper protective gear, but some employers neglect to either train their workers on what gear to use or to provide it. This leads to employees working on tall scaffolding without the right harness, on highway sites without reflective gear or in dangerous environments without safety goggles. Global Construction News recommends that employers hold regular meetings to reinforce key safety concepts and to discuss worker concerns.

2. Worksite Hazards

Every work-site has its own unique set of hazards. For instance, highway workers are in constant danger because of negligent drivers.
All it takes is 5 seconds of distraction for a driver to miss warning signs and plow into a work-site. Likewise, those who work with large, industrial equipment may face malfunctions that put them in dangerous situations.
KIMT News reports that one worker was recently injured when a crane collapsed. The man was on a wind turbine site.
The report is unclear about whether or not the man was operating the crane at the time. Authorities say that his injuries were serious yet non-life threatening. OSHA was on the scene quickly to launch an investigation.
Crane accidents are surprisingly common because there are many factors that can cause them to tip. Lifting weight that is near to the maximum while on a slope—even if the incline is slight—can cause a collapse.
As well, high winds have been known to knock cranes over. There are many precautions that employers can take to avoid most crane accidents, but some occur regardless. When a lack of upkeep or a safety violation causes a collapse, workers may have the right to sue, whereas accidents that are unforeseeable can lead to workers-compensation claims.
Whichever situation you find yourself in, an Illinois construction-accident lawyer can help you seek the compensation you need to properly heal. We are committed to protecting our clients’ interests and rights throughout negotiations and trials. To arrange a consultation with an accident attorney in Chicago, call us at (800)-985-1819.