Construction Injury Causes and Safety Guidelines

The construction profession is considered one of the most dangerous vocations in America. In fact, of all the different industries, the construction industry has the highest national average for on-the-job injuries. Tragically, some of these injuries are fatal. When working at a construction site, it’s critical you follow safety guidelines to lower your odds of having a construction injury.

Common Reasons for Construction Injuries

There are many causes of construction accidents. One of the main reasons is contractors taking shortcuts to finish a job on time because of weather conditions or supplies being delayed.

Often construction injuries occur because of the negligence or absence of safety engineers who are supposed to protect workers. Falls off ladders and roofs, as well as falling through openings in flooring are also common types of construction injuries.

Other reasons may include falling objects, trench collapse or scaffold collapse, crane accidents, electric shock, unsafe work sites and defective equipment.

Protecting Yourself

If you work at a construction site, you need to be proactive in protecting yourself from accidents. Here are some ways:

  • Wear protective clothing and eyeglasses—This includes wearing hard hats.
  • Regularly check and maintain the equipment that you use on a regular basis, such as forklifts, ladders, scaffolds and electrical tools.
  • Always be alert when on the job.

What to Do If You’ve Been Injured

Sometimes accidents at construction sites still happen even when workers are careful. If you've been hurt on a construction site, you need to protect your legal rights.

  • After getting treated for your injuries, report the accident to your construction site manager.
  • Get the names of people who saw the accident, along with their contact data.
  • Take photos where the accident occurred, including tools or equipment causing the accident.
  • As soon as possible, contact a personal injury lawyer.

The legal professionals at Odegaard Miller Law firm will do everything possible to ensure you receive just compensation for your injuries. As a small personal injury and workers’ compensation firm serving the Billings, Montana area, we’re dedicated to serving our clients. Please contact us if we can help you in any way.