7 Serious Construction Site Accidents that Happen Everyday
The Tampa St. Pete region is growing rapidly, with population likely to expand to 3.5 million within the next 5 years. With all that growth, construction is in full swing. But with all the construction and growth, there are a number of common injuries that tend to happen. The Clearwater construction accident attorneys and staff of Roman & Roman, P.A. remain committed to the communities we serve. If you’ve been hurt by someone else, call us.
#1 – Falls
Perhaps the most common construction injury is a simple fall from a rooftop, scaffolding or other height. A fall can result in punctures, lacerations, dislocations, and serious broken bones. If it’s work-related and you are an employee, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If someone was negligent or careless in causing your injuries, you might have a right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
#2 – Falling Debris
In addition to people falling, sometimes tools and debris fall from heights as well. Whether it’s a dropped hammer or bits of construction materials, this is a great reason to always wear a helmet on a construction site.
#3 – Electrocutions
Trained electricians are not the only ones who deal with electricity on a construction site. Sometimes other workers may need to work in or around live wires. If supervisors, site foremen, and electrical contractors are careless in failing to shut off breakers or seal lockboxes, serious injuries and deaths can result.
#4 – Crushing Injuries
Due to the large machinery used on construction sites, crushing injuries are common. Some workers get hurt when backhoes, track vehicles and Bobcats are being operated improperly. It’s not uncommon for a worker to get pinned between structures or between vehicles.
#5 – Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
While not necessarily a type of accident, many things can happen to cause a head trauma, from falls and falling debris to flying tools. Something as simple as a hammer flying out of someone’s hand can lead to a life-changing injury. Every day on a construction site has the potential to take a life. So, safety precautions should always be followed carefully.
#6 – Motor Vehicle Crashes
A lot of people don’t necessarily think of car accidents as a construction accident, but construction sites can be very large. Workers often need to use motorized utility ATVs or work trucks to get around. Vehicle crashes can happen on a construction site, just like anywhere else. In fact, pedestrian accidents are common.
#7 – Chemical Exposures
There are many chemicals in use on construction sites, from paint thinners to other toxic substances that can be deadly if directly ingested or inhaled without proper ventilation.
Get the Help You Need After a Construction Accident
After a serious injury on or around a construction site in the Clearwater area, call Roman & Roman, P.A. right away to discuss your injuries free of charge. We never charge our clients for a consultation, and we only collect a fee if we are able to help you collect compensation for your injuries. So, give us a call today.