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Top causes of injuries on construction sites

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Personal Injury |

While construction sites are essential for progress, worker safety should always be a top priority. Unfortunately, the nature of construction work inherently carries risks. Massachusetts, like many states, has strict safety regulations to minimize risks. However, accidents still happen, leaving workers with serious injuries.

Causes of severe construction site injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identifies four hazards responsible for many construction site fatalities, known as the “fatal four.” These hazards include:

  • Falls: Falls from heights, such as scaffolding, ladders or roofs, are the leading cause of severe injuries in construction. Improper fall protection equipment, unsafe workspaces and inadequate training increase the risk of falls.
  • Struck-by objects: Workers can get struck by falling objects like tools, materials or debris. Additionally, machinery accidents and vehicle collisions on construction sites pose a serious threat.
  • Electrocution: Exposed electrical wiring, malfunctioning equipment, and working in wet conditions can lead to electrical shock, serious injuries or even potential death.
  • Caught in or between objects: Workers can become trapped or crushed by collapsing structures, malfunctioning equipment, or heavy machinery.

Failure to comply with Massachusetts occupational safety and health regulations can result in significant penalties for employers and individuals. According to the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, first-instance violations of serious hazards can incur fines and repeat offenders may need to pay heftier fines.

Can I claim for compensation after an injury?

You may claim compensation if you can prove the injury happened while working or visiting the construction site.

As an employee, Massachusetts workers’ compensation laws typically provide coverage for medical expenses, lost wages and vocational rehabilitation following a work-related injury. You should report the injury to your employer immediately and file for a claim within the allowed period.

A third party other than your employer may be responsible for your injuries. This could be a subcontractor, manufacturer, defective equipment or property owner who failed to maintain a safe work environment. If a third party’s negligence contributed to your injury, you may file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages.

Taking legal action

While no amount of compensation can undo the trauma of a severe injury, having a legal professional by your side can offer peace of mind. They understand the tactics used to minimize payouts, protect your rights and potentially increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.