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Common causes of construction accidents

Risks and dangers are often associated with the things that we do, even if they are small. However, when working in an industry where these dangers and risks are prevalent, it becomes more likely that a serious and even debilitating accident will occur. One of these industries is construction

With over two million workers in the construction industry nationwide, it comes as no surprise that construction accidents occur. Whether they are caused by negligence or health and safety violations, there are risks that are more common than others on a construction site.

Because construction workers are frequently required to work at heights, if proper safety gear is not provided and used a fall could lead to fractures, back and head injuries, broken bones, internal injuries and even death. Based on data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls account for 34 percent of all on-the-job deaths among construction workers.

Because construction sites are frequently a work in progress, there is a high possibility for injuries from a wide variety of factors. Electrocution, falling debris and tripping hazards are among them. Other common causes of construction accidents include damaged or defective equipment and job site distractions.

If you have been injured in a construction site accident, it is important to understand what rights you have and how you can offset the damages and losses arising from the incident. Workers' compensation is available to workers that have been injured on-the-job. This could help address lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation and other related losses.

Source: Tweakyourbiz.com, "Common Causes of Construction Accidents and How to Keep Them at Bay," Albert Smith, Nov. 23, 2017

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