Types of Accidents in Construction Sites

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Different types of accidents in construction sites pose a risk for workers. A construction job site can be chaotic and has an incredibly high chance for an injury at work. From subcontractors, employees, and site visitors all sharing the same site, mixed with heavy machinery and dangerous tools, it is no wonder construction is one of the most injury-prone industries in the United States. While there is a preponderance of injuries and accidents on a construction site, some accidents are more common than others. These accidents are typically covered under Iowa workers’ compensation benefits—regardless if the employee was partially at fault for the accident itself.

Most Common Types of Accidents in Construction Sites

Because of the nature of the work they perform, construction workers face varying workplace hazards that may result in work injury accidents. Some of the most common of these are:
  • Falls from Great Heights - Construction sites often require workers to work at extreme heights - whether at the top of an unfinished building, on a rooftop or even on scaffolding and tall ladders. Falls, unfortunately, are one of the leading causes of construction site deaths.
  • Slips and Trips - From equipment lying around to materials and uneven ground or holes, there are numerous hazards present on a construction site that can cause trips, slips, and serious falls. These can lead to injuries that include back problems, broken bones, or even traumatic brain injuries.
  • Electrocutions - Construction sites have live, exposed wires. These unfinished electrical systems are known for causing shock and electrocution to nearby workers - especially when they are handled improperly.
  • Burns - There are chemicals and other materials on the job site that can lead to explosions and fires. These are often because of leaking gasses, electrical systems, and unfinished pipes. Burns can range from first degree to severe, life-threatening third degree burns.
  • Falling Objects - Materials or equipment can fall from great heights and strike workers from below - which often leads to some form of head trauma or even death.
  • Machinery Accidents - Heavy machinery is constantly in use on a construction site - from nail guns to cranes and bulldozers. Any error, even a minor one, can lead to a catastrophic accident with this type of machinery.
  • Overexertion - Construction workers are required to work long hours and often in unappealing weather conditions - from rain to extreme heat. It is easy for workers to overexert themselves accidentally, or even become the victim of life-threatening heat stroke.
Unfortunately, if a construction worker is injured on the job, it can affect their income and their entire family’s well-being. Because the various types of accidents in construction sites often result in serious injuries - injuries that require extensive treatment and prolonged periods away from work - the financial burden is too much for a worker to manage on their own. This is why Iowa has workers’ compensation laws - to protect employees that are injured on the construction site.

Common Types of Injuries in Construction Accidents

Due to the ranging types of accidents in construction sties, workers commonly suffer varying injuries, from minor to catastrophic or fatal. Some of the most common types of injuries in construction accidents such as these include: burns, repetitive stress injuries, broken bones, back and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, chemical exposure illnesses, and eye injuries and vision damage. Depending on the type and severity of their injuries, construction workers involved in occupational accidents often need medical treatment from a workers' compensation doctor, time off work to recover, and in some cases, may even have to change occupations.

Don’t Risk Your Benefits—Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney First

Construction workers that are eligible for benefits may have their workers' compensation claim denied—despite their eligibility. By filing your claim with the assistance of an attorney, you can ensure your claim is not denied for a simple, avoidable error. Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C. is here to help you. Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation regarding your construction site accident.
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For the past 15 years Mr. Pothitakis has focused his practice on Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases. The firm has two locations, one being in Burlington, Iowa and the other in Keokuk, Iowa. Mr. Pothitakis works with many area unions and employee organizations to provide advice, assistance, and guidance as it relates to employment issues. Mr. Pothitakis provides free consultations to those with legal questions in the firm's areas of practice. In this initial meeting or conference potential clients are provided advice on their need for assistance and how they need to proceed.