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Workers' Compensation and Construction Accidents

by James M. Hoffmann on Feb. 13, 2015

Employment Workers' Compensation Employment Employment  Employee Rights 

Summary: The construction industry has the highest rate of non-fatal and fatal work-related injuries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that around 5,711,000 individuals worked in the construction industry in the United States in 2011. The number of deaths due to work-related accidents in the construction industry stood at 781 during this period. Around four percent of workers with work-related injuries were compelled to miss work, restrict their tasks on the job, or transferred to another job. Construction workers involved in work-related accidents that are prevented from getting their workers’ compensation benefits are advised to consult an experienced Missouri workers' compensation lawyer for legal help.

Construction Sites

According to Missouri workers’ compensation law, constructions accidents are defined as work-related accidents that happen at sites where construction work is done. Construction accidents are unexpected events that result in work-related injuries among workers at a construction site. Workers injured in work-related accidents may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

The Risk and Dangers of Construction Sites

Construction workers accomplish numerous tasks every day. The tasks these workers perform each day involve electrical work, heavy equipment and machines, ladders, scaffolding, and unwieldy construction materials. Almost everything associated with the construction industry poses a risk of accidents.

Numerous types of accidents may happen on a construction site, including the following:

  • burns from welding and other tasks
  • injuries due to falling building materials and other objects
  • getting run over by a vehicle
  • crane accidents
  • injuries involving chemicals
  • falling off ladders, scaffolds, or buildings
  • electrical accidents
  • being trapped between two objects or materials
  • getting struck with objects

Causes of Work-Related Accidents

Work-related accidents in the construction industry can be triggered by many factors. The factors involved in work-related accidents in the construction industry include the following:

  • worker did not use the appropriate safety equipment
  • procedures and methods used at the workplace
  • fires and explosions
  • exhaustion
  • dangerous working conditions
  • carelessness of a contractor or subcontractor
  • lack of skill or training for performing construction work
  • malfunctioning products or equipment
  • inadequate safety measures, safeguards, or systems
  • equipment failure

Workers suffering from work-related injuries in the construction industry are entitled to medical and wage loss benefits under the workers' compensation system. However, there are cases when an injured worker is denied rightful compensation by the employer. If you find yourself in this situation, contact The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300 for legal assistance and to protect your rights.

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