As a construction worker, you know that there are many dangers associated with your occupation. While you do your best to avoid trouble, accidents can and do happen on construction sites.
A thorough understanding of the most common reasons for construction site accidents can help you prevent trouble. Here are some things to protect against:
- Slip and fall: This is typically the result of debris, equipment or an uneven surface. Protect yourself by watching every step you take, when possible.
- Falling debris: When someone is working from above, such as on a roof, there’s a greater chance of something falling to the ground and striking you. This can be anything from common worksite debris to a tool.
- Ladder or scaffolding fall: When using a ladder or scaffolding, you’re always at risk of falling from heights. There are safety tips you can follow to protect yourself, such as using safety rails on your scaffold.
- Equipment related accidents: For example, table saws and circular saws are commonly used, but both are extremely dangerous. And remember, you don’t have to make the mistake with the equipment to be injured in an accident.
- Motor vehicle accident: It doesn’t matter if you’re operating a motor vehicle or simply working in close proximity to a moving vehicle, you’re always at risk of an accident.
If you suffer any type of injury on the job, report it to your employer and then seek immediate medical attention. Don’t assume that it’s minor enough for you to treat at home.
From there, you can protect your legal rights as a worker to ensure that you receive all the compensation that’s owed to you.