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What are the most common construction site accidents?

Construction workers in Connecticut and elsewhere have a dangerous profession. Data recently released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show the variety and seriousness of construction accidents that bedevil construction workers across the country.

Not surprisingly, falls from scaffolding or structures are the most common cause of construction site accidents. In 2015, almost 40 percent of construction worker deaths resulted from falls. Also, the increase in the height of modern buildings adds to the probability that a simple mishap, such as tripping or slipping, might result in death or a serious injury. Tripping and slipping accidents are often caused by a tool or building material in frequently used walkways on the site. Rain, ice and snow also increase the hazards.

Road construction work has its own unique hazards. The heavy vehicles frequently seen on construction sites are common causes of worker injury. Construction materials are also a common cause of injury, especially when they have not been properly stored or secured. Falling construction material is a major cause of workplace injuries. Other causes of injury include electrocution, trench collapses and fires and explosions.

Connecticut offers workers' compensation benefits for anyone who has suffered a workplace injury. However, the amount of benefits is limited by statute. Many injured workers also have claims for damages against parties that are not their employer. Third party claims, if successful, can often provide significant additional compensation to an injured worker. Anyone who has suffered a work-related injury or who has lost a loved one in a job site accident may wish to consult an attorney who is experienced in handling work injury claims. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the facts of the case and can also provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: News4SA.com, "Seven causes of accidents on construction sites," March 22, 2018

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