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Construction workers face many workplace dangers

The construction industry is a potentially dangerous industry for workers and can present a number of risks for injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 9 percent of nonfatal injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2009 were accounted for by construction workers. Fall accidents accounted for 22 percent of injuries and illnesses reported by construction workers. While falls are an unfortunately common type of construction accident, there are a number of different types of construction accidents that may create risks for construction workers.

Because there are a number of heights on a construction site, workers can fall from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders and other heights which may result in injuries. In addition, workers are at risk of injuries resulting from falling objects such as construction materials or falling tools. Construction workers can also suffer injuries and harm related to heavy machinery and are at risk for crush injuries related to heavy machinery. Construction workers may also be at risk for accidents and injuries associated with trench collapses or building collapses.

Depending on the circumstances, construction workers can suffer additional types of accidents, injuries and harm. Commonly, there are many different parties on a construction site which can impact liability when a worker has been injured or otherwise harmed. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, and the nature of the harm suffered, it is important to determine the best legal options and protections available to an injured worker and the worker's family. Both third-party personal injury claims and workers' compensation options may be available depending on the circumstances.

Workers rely on their jobs and the security they provide which is why the legal process provides options to help them when they have been harmed on the job. Keeping construction workers safe and protected is a priority all parties on a construction site should be focused on.

Source:, "Common Construction Injury Types," Accessed Nov. 23, 2013

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