Construction workers put their skills and experience to the test each day that they arrive at building sites. Because of their hard work, individuals throughout San Mateo get to move into new and renovated homes, get to open their businesses in new structures, and get to see their communities grow through new building projects. However, despite improvements in construction site safety and required protocols for keeping these workers safe, accidents are common at construction sites.
One of the most common types of accidents that can happen is a fall. Falls happen for many reasons; a worker may lose their footing from a high scaffolding and may not be properly tied down, or they may trip and fall into a hole dug out for a new structure’s foundation. Falls can sometimes be life-threatening, but are often very preventable when proper safety precautions are taken.
Other common construction site accidents involve equipment issues. These can include equipment malfunctions that cause electrocution or bodily harm, and can also include injuries where workers are struck by moving equipment. Like falls, equipment accidents are often preventable if the proper care is taken, but can leave workers with significant injuries.
Construction workers should not have to pay for the losses they incur when they are hurt in the course of their employment. They may be entitled to workers’ compensation. A construction worker who is hurt in a workplace accident could benefit from consulting with an attorney to inquire into their legal options and protect their rights to seek compensation for their accident-related costs.