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Which common construction site risk is placing you in harm's way?

Ohio readers know that construction work can be a risky job. There are many factors that can lead to a higher chance of an injury, yet there are things employers can do to reduce the chance of an accident and make jobsites safer and more productive for everyone.

If you work in the construction industry, you understand the risks associated with your job. There are certain things that could be more of a threat to your personal safety than others, and it is important for employers and companies to strive to reduce injury risk whenever possible. Many construction site accidents are preventable with education, training and the provision of necessary safety gear.

What is a threat to your safety?

Construction may be an inherently risky job, but that does not mean that there are not ways to reduce risks and lower the chance of an accident. Some of most common sources of jobsite accidents and injuries to construction workers include the following: 

  • Struck-by accidents, caused by moving equipment such as forklifts, trucks and other heavy machinery
  • Electrocution, associated with poor training, misuse of tools, improperly maintained power tools and working too closely to power lines
  • Falls, often caused by improper use of scaffolding, falls off ladders, improper perimeter protection, lack of fall protection equipment
  • Excavation accidents, caused by unsafe trenching, unprotected excavation projects and lack of protective systems

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these are the most prevalent risks facing the men and women who work on construction sites. Due to the nature of the job, accidents on these types of worksites often result in serious and painful injuries.

If you suffered injuries while working on a construction site, you have the right to recovery. What this means for you depends on the details of your individual situation, and it can be helpful to seek a complete evaluation of your case to understand your options.

Fighting for what you need to get back to work

You have the right to certain benefits after an accident on a construction site. From medical care to other financial needs, you need support and compensation to get better and get back to work.

With help, you can pursue the specific things you need and deserve, working to maximize your recovery. When you have the tools and support you need, you will have a better chance of fully recovering from your physical injuries and financial losses, allowing you to move forward after your construction-related injuries.

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