Most Common Types of Construction Accidents

Construction accident workers are at risk of being involved in a number of different accident types that are common on construction sites, but they are not the only ones who may be injured: everyday citizens who pass by construction sites could also be injured. At the law offices of Deborah Gold-Alexander, we represent those who have been injured in construction accidents. Consider these most common types of construction accidents, and call our law firm as soon as possible if you’ve suffered an injury–

Common Construction Site Accidents in Massachusetts

Construction accidents happen at an alarming rate. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 20 percent of fatal workplace injuries are in the construction industry, and this number does not account for non-fatal injuries or injuries incurred by non-workers at construction sites. Some of the most common construction site accidents include:

 

  • Slip and falls and falls from heights. Both slip and fall accidents and falls from heights are huge problems at construction sites. These may happen because of a lack of safety precautions in place–such as proper scaffolding–or dangerous or defective conditions.

 

  • Falling debris and materials. Both construction workers and those who are passing nearby construction sites may be at risk of an accident caused by falling debris or objects. When debris or another object falls from a height and strikes a person below, a head injury is one of the most common injury types.

 

  • Transportation and machinery incidents. Large vehicles, such as trucks, cranes, and forklifts, are all common at construction sites. When these vehicles are involved in a collision or strike an individual, the fallout can be very serious. In addition to transportation incidents, machinery accidents can also be devastating. Getting caught in machinery is one of the most common causes of construction workers’ deaths.

 

  • Electrocutions. Like being caught in machinery and slip and fall accidents, electrocution injuries are a leading cause of injuries and death amongst construction workers. These injuries may occur as a result of faulty wiring, negligence, and a failure to follow proper safety procedures.

What to Do after a Construction Accident

For workers who are injured while working, workers’ compensation insurance is in place to provide financial benefits to injured workers. However, in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may also have a third-party liability claim for damages.

At the offices of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, we represent injured workers pursuing third-party liability claims and non-workers who are injured while on or nearby construction sites. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, don’t hesitate to call our lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. You can reach us by phone today, or by sending us a message with your contact information and we will return your inquiry shortly.