Do you live in the state of New Jersey? Do you work in the commercial construction industry?
It doesn't matter where you go in the Garden State, there is always some type of construction project being completed. Even if you don't work in this industry, there's a good chance that you know somebody in your family who does.
As a commercial construction worker, you enjoy the fast paced action of your job. Unfortunately, you also realize one thing to be true: An accident can happen at any time.
Not only are construction site accidents common, but these often lead to serious injury or even death.
Here are some of the most common causes of construction injuries:
- Slip and fall. This is exactly what it sounds like. Due to debris, slip and fall accidents occur on a regular basis. This doesn't always result in injury, but it's possible.
- Falling objects. On many construction sites, workers are completing tasks at height. An example of this would be a team of people installing a roof. If an object falls from above, it could strike a person standing below. The result is often a head and/or spine injury.
- Equipment related accidents. As you know, there are many types of equipment in use on a construction site. This includes everything from diggers to nail guns. Even when used in the appropriate manner, any type of equipment can cause an accident.
· Explosions and fires. It's not uncommon for a construction site to contain some type of hazardous material. The same holds true for exposed wiring. Both of these things can lead to an explosion or fire, thus harming anyone in close proximity.
· Building collapse. This sounds farfetched, but it can happen at any time. Even if only part of a building falls, such as an interior wall, it could harm somebody (or multiple people) working in the area.
If you're injured in a construction site accident, it's imperative to receive immediate medical treatment. Along with this, make sure your company knows exactly what happened.
As you receive treatment, you'll want to learn more about your legal rights. This means many things, including the potential to receive workers' compensation claim. In some cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit against a negligent party with the idea of receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.