With hands-on occupations like construction work, there are several ways a job can go wrong and cause a serious injury. Even as a bystander, construction sites can be extremely dangerous. Construction accidents happen for a number of reasons, including malfunctioning equipment, inadequate worker training, poor management, and carelessness. Whatever the reason, construction accidents do happen, and they can be extremely damaging, or even life-threatening.
In order to avoid potential construction accidents, or to discover more about an incident you’ve already encountered, learn more about the common types of construction accidents and how they’re caused.
Construction accidents may be caused by:
Falls: Construction workers often work from extreme heights on scaffolding, planks, platforms, or high buildings. When working from such heights, it a worker is inadequately secured, he or she could fall and be seriously injured.
Slips & Falls: A fall from any height can be very damaging, especially at a construction site where hazardous tools and materials litter the area. A misplaced tool, unsecured cord, or loose board could cause a serious fall and may result in severe injuries.
Falling Debris There is a reason construction sites require protective headgear. Falling debris is quite common. When workers are stationed high above the ground, debris, tools, and materials can easily slip and strike someone below. Likewise, debris from machinery and construction vehicles can become loose and may strike bystanders and workers below.
Becoming Stuck or Trapped: Construction work often includes the use of heavy machinery, tools, and materials. Sometimes workers can become stuck under heavy objects, or wedged between large or immovable parts. Sometimes these types of injuries result in broken bones or even amputation.
Overexertion: Working for long hours in sometimes brutal conditions can easily take a toll on the body. Construction workers can sometimes become overexerted if they are not allowed adequate breaks, are not supplied with water, or are forced to work in harsh heat or cold.
Electrocutions: When construction crews work on a building or home, they are usually around open wires and other dangerous materials. If electricians are not careful, or if safety measures are not properly followed, construction workers and bystanders could be electrocuted.
Machinery: If tractors, cranes, lifts, drills, or other machinery and tools malfunction, it could be extremely dangerous and damaging. Sometimes this could be an operator error, or it might indicate a manufacturing or design problem.
Chemicals: Construction sites often see numerous chemicals and materials, some of which could be toxic or otherwise dangerous. If you are exposed to dangerous chemicals on a construction site, you could suffer from chemical exposure, or the chemicals could cause a burn, or might react with surrounding materials to cause a fire or other damaging problem.
If you were injured at a construction site, our firm can help. Whether you were injured while on the job or while driving or walking near a construction site, these types of accidents can be extremely damaging and costly. To learn more about your rights, reach out to our personal injury attorney, today.
Contact Deans & Lyons, LLP to discuss your construction accident case with our Dallas personal injury attorneys.