Construction Workplace Injuries
For most employees, construction accidents mean a few weeks of recovery and a return to light-duty. Injuries don’t often pose a serious problem for them. However, for construction workers, an injury can be utterly devastating for them, as well as any family members relying on them.
For these workers, their livelihood depends on their physical abilities, and most construction sites don’t have a light-duty option. A fall or a heavy machinery accident can end a construction career.
If you’ve suffered an injury while working at a construction site, we can help you seek the compensation you need to keep your family afloat while you recover. Whether your situation warrants workers’ compensation or a civil lawsuit, you can count on an injury attorney from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates to provide excellent legal advice.
We have more than 30 year of experience that you can rely on every step of the way, and we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial if required. If an injury is preventing you from returning to work in Chicago, don’t wait to call us.
To schedule a consultation with a Chicago injury lawyer, call us today at (800)-985-1819.
Falls Cause the Most Construction Accidents
Whether it’s on a ladder or walking along an unfinished third story, construction workers spend most of their workday high above the ground. That coupled with the use of heavy, unwieldy machinery is a recipe for disaster.
The most strictly enforced safety standard for construction sites concerns fall prevention, and for good reason. OSHA reports that more than one in three construction accidents involves a fall.
That’s why it’s imperative for employers to install railings around sites and follow all safety protocols when it comes to cranes.
Falling Objects Cause Nearly 10 Percent of Construction Injuries
Hard hats help, but they can’t deflect every object. Tools and pieces of rebar are notoriously dangerous when it comes to falling objects.
CBS Chicago reports that a construction worker was walking through a site when a concrete wall fell and crushed him. His colleagues called for help and emergency crews rushed him to the hospital, where he died.
Falling-object related construction accidents are especially dangerous, because they can cause traumatic brain injuries that cause permanent damage to victims. These types of injuries require special attention and a lifetime of care.
Electrocutions Are the Third Most Common Cause of Construction Accidents
Electrical hazards are everywhere on construction sites. Workers are responsible for operating heavy power tools and setting up light to work in dimly lit areas or at night. Furthermore, exposed wires are just part of the job, making the threat of electrocution ever present.
The reality of the matter is that these issues are often interconnected. Electrocutions can occur high in the air, causing a worker to fall or drop a tool. If you’ve suffered an injury at work, you’ll need an injury attorney who will work hard helping you seek compensation for your accident.
If you would like to schedule a free consultation with a Chicago personal injury lawyer today, call us at (800)-594-7433.