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Potential dangers resulting in construction site injuries

| Apr 21, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Construction sites throughout New Jersey are full of various dangers. As construction workers know, their industry is one of the most dangerous out there. Knowing the most common sources of danger can help one to properly mitigate the risk of being around the danger.

Falls

Workers’ compensation claims for the construction site industry tend to include falls as a reason for the injury. Since construction workers are working on unstable surfaces, they’re more at risk than the average worker of falling. Whether it’s falling off of the edge of a beam or tripping on unstable ground, these falls can be hazardous to the body.

Objects overhead

Anyone that has watched the construction of a skyscraper has seen large cranes moving various beams and other materials around. Due to the nature of where these materials are being moved, the workers below are at risk for injury if the object suddenly becomes detached. Due to the weight of these objects, even falling free only a few feet up in the air can cause significant damage to construction workers below it.

Vehicle collisions

Construction sites are busy places where there are vehicles coming in and out of the site throughout the day. Sometimes these vehicles may collide with construction workers and cause significant damages. Some of the worst vehicle collisions that happen are those that end up crushing the worker between the vehicle and another movable object like a building or wall. Construction workers need to pay attention to the various movement of vehicles around the construction site to help avoid coming into contact with them.

Because the construction industry is one of the most dangerous for workers, it’s no surprise that they have the highest rate of workers’ compensation claims. The above are the three most common reasons for those claims to be submitted. If you’ve been injured on the job site, it’s advisable to speak to an attorney about your workers’ compensation benefits.

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