Construction is a job that comes with certain inherent risks for the men and women employed in this field. Despite the physical risks you may face at your job in construction, you still have the right to a workplace that is reasonably free from any unnecessary risks.
Pennsylvania site managers and employers have the responsibility to ensure that workers have the training and protection needed to address common safety issues found in construction sites. If you do suffer injuries in an accident while working in construction, you have the right to seek financial support through a workers’ compensation claim.
What is threatening your safety?
There are safety standards and regulations in place to protect the physical safety of the people who work on construction sites. However, you may find it beneficial to learn about the common reasons for construction accidents and what you can do to prevent them. Some of the most common hazards include the following:
- Falls from heights: This often happens due to improper use of ladders and scaffolding, as well as lack of protective equipment and perimeter protection.
- Caught between accidents: This happens when a worker becomes stuck in a trench or excavation site without the proper protections in place.
- Electrocutions: Lack of site preparation, equipment and training can lead to electrocutions on construction sites.
- Accidents involving moving equipment: Moving equipment, such as trucks or forklifts, can run over or pin a worker against a stationary object.
In many cases, construction site accidents are preventable with training, equipment and properly training all employees. You have the right to know how to do your job safely, as well as how to correctly use the equipment necessary to do so. If you were hurt in a work-related injury, you also have the right to certain types of financial support.
Getting better so you can get back to work
You have the right to recovery after a work accident. It may be appropriate for you to seek this support through a workers’ compensation claim. If you were hurt while working on a jobsite, you would be wise to take quick action to learn about your rights.
A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand how you can seek support for your losses related to medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related expenses. The workers’ compensation claims process is not always easy, but you do not have to walk through it without support and guidance.