It was a long, cold winter for residents in Iowa and across much of the United States. Now that spring is here, construction season will soon begin. As you know, construction’s busy season can also mean an increase in the risk of accidents on the job. At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we are prepared to answer your questions about workers’ compensation after a construction injury.
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported there were 991 deaths among construction workers across the country in 2016. This accounted for 21.1 percent of all workplace fatalities, or one out of every five deaths in all industries. You do not need further proof that you work in a dangerous industry. When construction starts up again this season, you may want to be aware of the following dangers:
- Falling from heights, including unstable scaffolding or unmarked trenches
- Being struck by masonry, tools or other objects that were dropped from above
- Getting pinned by moving machinery or heavy objects that have toppled over
- Being trapped in a cave-in within an improperly braced trench
- Electrocution from faulty power tools or electrical cables that were not de-energized
- Getting hit by a construction vehicle
You may understand the importance of following safety protocols at work, but this does not mean your coworkers will always adhere to safety standards or your employers will not cut corners. When you are injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages while you recover. Our page on construction site accidents explains more about your rights.