Types of Construction Accidents

Construction Accidents

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Few worksites are as inherently dangerous as construction sites. Construction workers place themselves in harm’s way each day simply by doing their jobs. Despite extensive training, safety protocols, and protective equipment, construction workers face constant threats to their health and their lives. Many construction accidents and injuries can occur as a result.

Examples of Construction Accidents

Especially in a metropolitan area like downtown Indianapolis, construction accidents are unfortunately common. Of course, not all construction accidents result in debilitating injury. However, construction workers are at a greater risk than most workers of catastrophic brain, neck, and spinal cord injuries, and death.

Among the most common types of construction accidents are:

  • Slip and fall/trip and fall accidents: Construction sites are often riddled with spilled liquids, slick surfaces, and bulky obstacles that can result in slip and fall accidents. These are particularly dangerous when they occur from heights.
  • Fires and explosions: Burn injuries frequently result from explosions and fires or malfunctioning electrical equipment on construction sites.
  • Falls: Falls from scaffolding, roofs, ladders, and other high places may occur. These can result in bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord and neck injuries.
  • Falling debris: Falling debris can injure or kill construction site workers, even when they wear hard hats and other protective equipment.
  • Lift bucket, forklift, crane bulldozer, and other heavy and/or dangerous equipment accidents: The consequences of these accidents can be compounded if an employer failed to provide adequate training or follow appropriate safety protocols.
  • Trench collapses
  • On-site motor vehicle accidents

Ultimately, the nature of the construction accident is less important than the nature of the injury. As long as the injury occurred on the job site, and the injured employee has not committed fraud, construction workers have the right to be compensated for their losses and expenses.

Legal Challenges

Unfortunately, many injured construction workers face legal hurdles when trying to obtain compensation for their losses and expenses. Their workers’ compensation claims may be denied. They may be victims of injuries caused by egregious negligence. Whatever their circumstances, injured construction workers often need to seek legal representation in order to protect their rights. Thankfully for such injury victims, the workers’ compensation experts at Golitko & Daly have the experience, resources, and skills to ensure injured workers are able to obtain every cent to which they are legally entitled.

Golitko & Daly Can Help

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a construction accident and would like to know more about the available legal rights and options, please don’t delay in contacting Golitko & Daly, serving Indianapolis and surrounding communities in Indiana.