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What are the most common types of construction accidents?

The construction industry presents dangers for workers on a daily basis. Workers can suffer a number of different types of injuries, or even fatalities, in construction accidents. The most common types of injuries for construction workers to suffer on a construction site include slips and falls such as on unsafe, uneven or slippery surfaces; falls in areas such as stairwells that do not have guardrails; falls from step ladders; falls from roofs, especially in circumstances when no fall protection is provided; and scaffolding falls, especially if scaffolding does not comply with regulations.

In addition, construction workers can suffer a number of different injuries, including injuries associated with collapsed walls and trenches that do not have proper support; injuries related to power tools that are not properly maintained or the worker is not be properly educated concerning their use; injuries associated with improper lifting when workers have not been properly instructed in lifting techniques; and injuries involving heavy and large equipment which requires proper training for drivers and use.

In general, there are two types of options workers injured in a construction accident may have. Which option, or options, is best for the injured worker depends on the circumstances. In some circumstances employers may be liable but third parties, including product manufacturers or others, may be liable for the harm suffered by the injured worker. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the situation, injured construction workers may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits or proceed with a third-party personal injury claim for damages. In either circumstance, it is important that workers are aware of their rights and the protections working to help them.

Source:, "The Most Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents and Injuries," Sean P. DuBois, et al., May 8, 2015

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