Construction work erects our bridges, highways, buildings and houses, and is involved in making additions, alterations, maintenance and repair of existing structures. The work is inherently hazardous.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control, in 2009, alone, 816 construction workers died in on-the-job accidents. This accounted for more accidents than any other industry sector and equaled one of five work-related deaths that year.
If you are seriously injured or if your loved one is killed in a construction accident, you may be eligible for compensation. To find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your losses, contact a San Diego construction accident lawyer by calling the Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C.
Types of On-the-Job Injuries
Construction workers can be injured when working in the following types of situations that involve exposure to:
- Abrasive blasting
- Asphalt fumes
- Bird and bat waste
- Carbon monoxide
- Chemicals that cause eye and skin damage
- Falls from heights
- Heavy machines
- Hexavalent chromium
- Highway work zones
- Loud noises leading to hearing loss
- Nail guns
- Tick borne diseases
- Trenching and excavation
- Welding and manganese
- West Nile virus
The types of injuries and wounds these jobs can lead to are limitless. Accidents can cause damage to any body part or parts, and the injury itself can range from minor to severe.
Construction Accidents and Negligence
Often a negligent employer can be held liable for a worker’s injuries such as unsafe and poorly maintained machinery, wet floors, or faulty construction cranes and scaffolds. When the employer is at fault for failing to maintain certain safety standards, the employee has valid reasons to sue and receive workers’ compensation for his or her injuries.
It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for construction workers. Even standing water in a construction area that allows the breeding of mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus should be treated to protect workers from disease. In addition, loud noises that can damage hearing should be protected against by supplying proper ear protection.
Employers should always ensure the safety of workers using cranes and scaffolds as well as protect people on the ground below. Basically, it’s up to the employer to provide his or her workers with the safest working conditions as possible, and when something goes wrong, he or she can be held accountable.
Contact a San Diego Construction Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured on the job because your employer was negligent, you should seek the services of a construction accident lawyer. Even if you are unsure of the cause of accident, you should speak with an attorney who can help determine liability. To schedule a free case review with an experienced San Diego construction accident lawyer, contact the Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C. today.