“PHOENIX, AZ, April 02, 2010 /24-7 PressRelease/ — Accidents at construction sites are, unfortunately, common occurrences across the U.S. The Department of Labor estimates that more than 150,000 construction-related injury accidents happen every year.
The numbers are not surprising, of course. Construction is an industry full of many different kinds of hazards, including scaffolding and other high-off-the-ground structures; heavy equipment, machinery and materials; dangerous power tools like saws; potentially toxic and explosive chemicals; excessive noise; and large amounts of activity going on all at once.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
The types of accidents that can happen on construction sites range from ones resulting in a few scratches and bruises to ones resulting in a tragic traumatic brain injury or even wrongful death.
Some of the most-often reported types of construction accidents include:
For many of these incidents, ineffective safety measures, negligent workers or site supervisors, inadequate use of caution signs, or defective safety or operating equipment may be to blame.
Typically, construction workers who are injured on the job can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. In addition, an injured worker may also be able to receive compensation from a responsible party that is not the employer. For instance, if defective equipment caused the accident, the equipment manufacturer may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.”