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How Do Construction Accidents Happen?

April 19th, 2019 at 11:44 am

Cook County construction worker injury lawyerWhen compared to other occupations, construction workers have a high rate of work-related injuries. These jobs are often physically demanding, and they involve many variables that can lead to fatal accidents or injuries. According to the United States Department of Labor, there were 4,674 work-related fatalities in 2017, and 20% of those deaths occurred in construction accidents.

There are two circumstances in which a construction worker may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. The first would be for an injury caused by repetition or an occupational hazard – something that was not necessarily the result of a specific instance, but the career as a whole. If a person’s job includes doing the same motions or breathing a hazardous chemical for years, the result may be damage that prevents the employee from continuing their career.

The second type of claim involves cases in which a worker is injured or dies as the result of an accident that took place while they were working. Whether the accident is the employee’s fault or not, they will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in most cases.

There are three main types of construction accidents that lead to workers’ compensation claims:

  • Falls – The United States Department of Labor reported that 39.2% of all construction accidents that resulted in death were caused by a fall. Construction workers often do their jobs from high surfaces or structures, and falls from higher than six feet can lead to fatal injuries. Falls can happen because of structural defects, holes or openings in floors or walls, or poorly maintained ladders or scaffolding.
  • Being Struck By an Object – A piece of equipment or material can strike a construction worker suddenly. When an object itself causes an injury, it is considered a struck by object injury. This can include being injured by a construction vehicle, material flying through the air, or material being moved. These injuries can cause brain trauma or even kill the worker on the spot.
  • Electrocutions – Construction workers often do their jobs near live wires, which can lead to electrocution if the proper precautions are not taken. A person can also be electrocuted by fallen power lines or faulty equipment. Electrocutions account for 8.9% percent of fatal construction accidents.

Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Attorney

No matter who is at fault for your construction accident, your medical treatment should be paid for, and if you can no longer work due to an injury, you deserve to receive disability benefits from your company’s workers’ compensation insurance. An experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

The Dangers of Scaffolding for Construction Workers

February 28th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

scaffolding, injury, workers compensation, lawyer, attorney, IllinoisEmployees working around scaffolding are some of the most at-risk for workplace injuries. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 72 percent of all scaffold accidents occurred when the support of planking gave way, the employee slipped, or falling objects struck the employee.

These dangerous conditions highlight the importance of extra safety precaution at worksites using scaffolding in order to prevent serious injuries and workers’ compensation claims.

One of the leading causes of occupational death is falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s why government regulators require that construction worksites using scaffolds and other raised platforms implement safety protocol, harnesses, and other guidelines to protect workers on the job.

An employer supervisor is responsible for maintaining a safe work location for all of his or her employees, but accidents can and do still happen, compromising the life and the livelihood of the employee.

Regulations regarding scaffolding include proper rope shielding, properly designed and constructed platforms, use of fall equipment, use of structural members for anchor points, and proper safety training of all employees.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a scaffolding accident, you likely have the grounds for a workers’ compensation claim. You might be suffering from broken bones, internal injuries, low back or neck injuries, or even a brain injury as a result of the incident.

If you believe you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you need to let your employer know in a timely manner. Your employer is prohibited from discriminating against you due to a claim or your intent to file a claim, but you will want to retail legal counsel so that you have someone in your corner advocating for the maximum benefits you deserve under workers’ compensation. If you have been hurt in a scaffold accident, contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney today.

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