Every job comes with its share of risks and dangers, but few jobs have more inherent danger than those of construction workers. The very nature of construction work is to operate large machines and heavy tools in high places, putting workers in potentially dangerous circumstances. These dangers are arguably even more prevalent in places like New York, where it seems like every building is a skyscraper. It is for this reason that workers? compensation benefits are extremely important to construction workers.
Those who are new to the construction industry, or who have never been injured on the job may wonder just what kinds of injuries construction workers might suffer from. You are in luck, because this article lists many common construction injuries, as well as some of the legal options that construction workers have should such an injury befall them.
Nearly a quarter of injuries reported by construction workers in 2009 were from falls. Working in tall buildings without walls or safety rails puts construction workers at a naturally higher risk of falling and suffering serious injury. In that same vein, falling objects also account for many construction worker injuries. Being struck by a falling hammer, for example, can cause serious brain damage, even if a hard hat is being worn.
Construction workers may also suffer from diseases such as Pneumoconiosis, which caused at least 1,000 deaths in construction workers in the 90s. In some circumstances, you could file a personal injury lawsuit, but in nearly all circumstances you will be able to make a workers? compensation claim. It is important to consult with an attorney when making these claims because insurance companies may try to offer you less than you deserve.