Injuries In The Construction Industry

by Five Fantastic Lawyers™ on November 26, 2012

Guest post regarding injuries in the construction industry

Construction is a hazardous industry which can cause fatalities and major injuries. Workers who have been injured often have fractures, back and shoulder sprains or even damage to the eyes. Sometimes these injuries can be sustained for years, if not for life. It is the duty of the employer to provide a safe working environment. If a risk has been identified, it is the duty of the employer to reduce the dangers by having risk assessments and precautions measures put in place. The main causes for accidents include:

Falls from height, slips and trips

Slips, trips and falls cause the majority of accidents in the workplace. A slip is different from a fall in that a person will slip on a floor whereas a fall involves the movement from one level to another. One of the most common types of injury is where an employee is falling to a lower level. This could be falling from a ladder, scaffolding or a roof or any raised surface. These can have devastating implications for the family of the victim. This type of injury, if sustained, can lead to loss of earnings, long term illness, disability or even death. Other problems related would be psychological problems from the injury and it is wise to seek the expert advice of a skilled attorney. Injury attorney can help you determine if the employer was found responsible; if that is the case, the victim may be entitled to compensation.

Being struck by a falling or moving object

This could be a signage falling down, a light fitting falling from the upper surface, part of a guttering falling or simply a container falling from a piece of furniture. This kind of injury includes impact by noise affecting the ear drum.Other common accidents involving moving objects include traffic related accidents.

Structural collapse

Structural collapse can occur in any public building such as a store, restaurant or residential property. The term refers to the loss of the load-carrying capacity of the structure or a component of the structure, causing the building to be unstable. This type of accident can cause serious physical injury or even death to many people including workers and members of the public. Injury can be caused by the debris that can affect anyone who may be near the accident and the surrounding buildings. If you have been injured in a building collapse, seek a skilled lawyer who will be able to determine who is responsible for the negligence.

Manual handling and electricity

Sometimes, manual handling can lead to musculoskeletal injuries in the neck, back and arms. This is due to overexertion, kneeling or some repetitive motion and of course, lifting heavy objects. Electrocutions happen quite commonly in the construction industry. An electrical injury can be caused by using faulty equipment or machinery or sometimes when someone inadvertently comes into contact with the property’s wiring or power lines. An electrical shock can cause serious accidents depending on the voltage, type of current and the duration to the current.

Tina is a freelance tax consultant based in Sweden. She has more than 15 years of experience working with multinational corporations. She also writes about Boca Raton injury attorney claims.

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