Due to the nature of the work undertaken on the construction site there are many different large and or dangerous machinery used. Construction workers regularly operate a variety of machines, such as jackhammers, cranes, bulldozers, or even smaller power tools like nail guns and drills, all of which may cause serious injury. Injuries usually occur when safety procedures are not followed or there is no safety protocols in place on the construction site.
Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals or Dust
Construction workers can come into contact with a variety of chemicals, exposure to chemicals or dust can lead to a variety of short- and long-term health effects such as poisoning, skin rashes and disorders of the lung, kidney and liver. One of the most common dusts on and around construction worksites is silica dust, it is generated by processes such as cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, polishing or crushing of silica-containing materials.
Asbestos can be found in contaminated construction materials such as paint, filler pastes, roof tiles, masonry compounds and drywall. When asbestos compounds are disturbed and inhaled, they may lead to lung damage and deadly mesothelioma.
Asbestos dust can spread around job sites quickly and expose many people in a short amount of time. The toxic dust also clings to clothes, hair and tools, traveling home with construction workers and placing their families in harm’s way also.
We have experienced personal injury lawyers that can help you if you or a loved one has developed an asbestos related illness, such as mesothelioma. There are very specific timeframes and steps that you need to take when making this sort of compensation claim.
Scaffolding is commonplace around most construction sites, but it can cause very serious accidents when not used safely. Strict rules to ensure the safety and stability of scaffolding should be undertaken, but things can still go wrong, causing construction workers to fall and sustain serious injuries, or worse cause death. Contributing factors to collapsing scaffolding can include; poor construction, unsafe structures, overloaded scaffolding, and environmental factors.
Motor Vehicle Injury
The use of motor vehicles in and around construction worksites are high, this poses a great risk to construction workers as they risk being hit by vehicles maneuvering around the site. There is also the potential for crush injuries to occur between large vehicles and solid objects. The main types of transport accidents are:
- People are struck or run over by moving vehicles (e.g. during reversing)
- Falling from vehicles
- Struck by objects falling from vehicles
- Injured because of vehicles overturning.
Motor vehicle accident compensation is also possible if you are injured whilst travelling to and from work.
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Slip, Trip or Falls
Given that construction workers often work from high places such as scaffolding, rooftops, or ladders – falls are a common accident amongst construction workers. Construction worksites often have extra materials, tools, and debris lying around, which can also cause workers to trip and fall. Slippery surfaces can also contribute to slips and falls. Loose cables and holes in the ground can be commonplace in construction worksites making it more likely for employees to experience a slip, trip or fall.
The area around construction sites can be the cause of slip, trip or falls, as these areas are classified as public areas you may be able to make a subsequent public liability claim if you have been injured in this way.