A construction site worker is engaged in one of the most hazardous occupations known to man. Each year hundreds of thousands of people get injured or die in construction accidents. In fact, since 1920 it is estimated that nearly one million people have lost their lives due to accidents on construction sites. Though the law requires construction sites to be made safe for workers, many companies overlook this need to provide safety to their workers and this results in huge losses for the construction worker.
Once the accident has occurred, remember that there are many parties who may be held liable for your injury. The owners of the property, the architects, contractors involved, engineers, designers, construction managers, manufacturers of the equipment (where injury is obtained from the use of specific equipment), and their insurance may be liable to compensate your loss due to the construction accident.
Due to the variety of jobs around a construction site, there are various types of construction injuries as well. Death, serious injury or disability are constant risks for construction workers. There are a lot of things that could go wrong on a construction site like:
· Getting crushed under an object while being shifted.
· Malfunctioning of the cranes.
· Accidents involving cranes, ladders or scaffolding
· Malfunctioning or defective machinery
· Other injuries like falls, burns, broken bones, head injury, spinal injuries, scratches & cuts as well as deaths in some cases.
When you are involved in a construction accident, you need to take certain steps to support your claim later on. These include:
1. Getting medical care.
2. Reporting to the employer.
3. Completing a claim form and filing it as soon as possible.
4. Taking pictures of your injuries, and the accident site
5. Obtaining the names of witnesses
Inform the employer or your construction site manager about any accident and keep note of the people that you notified. Once you have obtained medical attention, you need to contact a construction accident lawyer. We can give you a free consultation regarding your injury. Act quickly because your claims may lapse if you do not file a within the period provided for by statute.