When you suffer an injury at work it can affect every aspect of your life. Your injury may require extensive medical care and may even force you to take time off from work.
Workplace accidents, injuries, and illnesses are incredibly common. Every year there are more than 4.8 million reported workplace accident injuries in the United States. Workers who are employed in certain industries and fields are at a greater risk of being involved in a workplace accident.
If you have sustained an injury on the job, the first thing you should do is notify your employer of the injury. After you have received authorization, get medical care for your injury. Any injury that arises in the course of your job is a workers’ compensation injury.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ Comp is a type of insurance that employers pay into for their employees. In Florida, every employer must provide workers’ compensation benefits depending on the number of its employees. This insurance was designed to protect employers and employees when accidents on the worksite lead to injuries. The employee receives benefits for qualifying injuries and the employer is guaranteed protection against lawsuits. This “compensation bargain” does not require proof of fault. However, like most rules, there are some exceptions to that of an exclusive remedy. The law considers injuries differently according to the circumstances at the time they occur. Our legal team can help you understand the complexities of liability under Florida law.
Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. The number of construction accidents has risen dramatically during the recent building boom in Florida. Often the construction companies are pressed to complete their tasks by a deadline and overlook or disregard safety rules and regulations. As a result, people get hurt. Even the most careful worker can be injured on a construction site.
There are numerous possible hazards present on a construction site at any given moment. A single mistake can result in severe injuries or death, which is why contractors and subcontractors should train workers in recognizing hazards and use caution while on the job.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency responsible for protecting workers in all industries from unsafe conditions. In order to ensure the safety of construction workers, OSHA has a series of specific regulations pertaining to virtually every aspect of work performed on a small or large construction project. However, the accident still happens with regularity.
Most Common Types of Construction Site Accidents & Injuries
- Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents. A fall from any significant height can result in severe injuries. Many construction projects involve work high above ground level. Falls from elevations, ladders, scaffolds, and contacts with equipment or machinery, such as cranes or forklifts, are a major cause of construction injuries.
- Falling Objects. Whether due to debris, a falling tool, or roof collapse, injuries resulting from falling objects may be severe or fatal due to the momentum of the falling object. According to 2015 OSHA statistics, 9.6% of construction fatalities were attributed to these accidents.
- Accidents Involving Machinery. Workers may be injured due to the negligent operation of cranes, hoists, tractors, conveyors, or other machines. Heavy machinery is regularly present on road construction sites as well. Manufacturing or design defects may also cause workers harm when the defective components cause the machines to fail or to operate in a way that wasn’t intended. More than 7% of construction worker deaths were related to being caught in or between something(s), and many of these situations involved heavy machinery. These accidents usually occur due to unguarded moving machinery, equipment that is not locked-out during maintenance, working between moving materials or vehicles, and heavy equipment that causes walls to collapse.
- Electrocution. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health lists electrocution as a leading cause of on the job fatalities. Unsafe working environments, poor installation of electrical devices, and unsafe equipment and work practices are often the cause of such accidents, and most, if not all of these accidents are preventable. This is often the result of poor maintenance and safety protocols. These accidents can occur when workers are unaware that they are working near a live electric current or when they strike a power line while digging.
- Other construction accidents may involve inadequate supervision, lack of training, or poorly maintained equipment.
If you or someone you know was seriously injured or killed while at work or in an accident involving a construction project there is a strong likelihood that an OHSA violation was present and caused or contributed to the incident.
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