If you work with lots of large, heavy machinery, you may well work in the dangerous profession of construction work. In fact, construction is one of the most treacherous kinds of work you can engage in. If you work construction, always make safety your top priority. If you’ve been injured by heavy machinery on the job, you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side.
The Dangers of Heavy Machinery
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 21 percent of all workplace fatalities in the United States happen on construction sites. The heavy machinery inherent to construction work is commonly associated with these accidents. OSHA breaks construction work down into the four most dangerous classifications of work-related accidents. These are known as the fatal four. These include falls (which include falls from heavy machinery), electrocution, caught in-betweens (being caught between two large objects, including heavy machinery), and falling objects.
If you’ve been injured in a construction site accident, you need experienced legal counsel. Such injuries often lead to extensive physical, financial, and emotional repercussions that can reverberate well into your future. At The Levin Firm in Philadelphia, our dedicated workers’ compensation lawyers have the experience, skill, and commitment to help guide your claim toward just resolution. Our knowledgeable legal team cares about your claim, and we’re here to help.
Falls on the Job
Construction sites are rife with giant equipment, heavy machines, and building materials, and construction workers must work on this equipment and machinery. In fact, OSHA shares that falls make up 40 percent of all serious construction worker accidents. Falls from heavy machinery and equipment that elevate workers off the ground—such as scaffolding, cranes, and ladders—are the most dangerous falls of all. When this machinery and equipment isn’t erected safely, isn’t used according to its intended usage, or isn’t adequately maintained for safety, it can be extremely dangerous and more prone to causing falls. Construction work is dangerous to begin with; when heavy equipment isn’t used according to safety regulations and standards, it becomes that much more dangerous.
Again, construction sites are full of heavy machinery, giant equipment, and massive building materials—all of which pose potential threats. When a construction worker becomes caught in between two of these massive items, it is an extremely dangerous situation. OSHA reports that these caught in-between accidents make up more than 7 percent of all construction site fatalities. Heavy equipment and machinery of all kinds are dangerous, and when construction companies fail to maintain safe work sites in which the heavy machinery is carefully accounted for, construction workers are forced to work under unnecessarily risky conditions.
Construction sites incorporate any number of building materials—often from elevated locations atop heavy machinery and equipment. Construction sites are also bustling places, and sometimes building materials fall and injure construction workers down below. In fact, OSHA shares that falling objects account for almost 10 percent of construction-site fatalities. Construction necessitates heavy tools, building materials, and the debris of construction, but a well-run construction site implements a thorough safety plan that minimizes accidents borne of falling objects. When such isn’t the case, falling objects can prove deadly. While hard hats can help, construction workers are owed a work environment that minimizes deadly falling objects.
Electrocutions make up almost 9 percent of deadly construction site accidents. Construction sites implement heavy electrical machinery, massive electrical outlets, and complicated wiring connections, and as such, accidents involving electricity happen. When construction companies fail to incorporate adequate safety mechanisms and protocols related to electricity, construction workers labor under dangerous conditions.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
If you’ve been injured on the job, you’re no doubt overwhelmed by the situation—and you may be tempted to simply let the workers’ comp insurance company do its job and cover you for your losses. This inclination, however, is not in your best interest. Massive workers’ compensation insurance companies are in the business of turning large profits, and that means minimizing—and even declining—claims whenever possible. Your health and your just compensation are far too important to leave to the discretion of the insurance company.
Your dedicated workers’ compensation attorney will aggressively negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. While no amount of money can return you to your pre-injury self if you’ve suffered a permanent injury, just compensation can provide you with the resources you need to make the journey toward recovery.
Safety on the Job
Construction work is dangerous work that necessitates the use of heavy machinery. Construction companies, nevertheless, owe their employees a working environment that incorporates thorough safety mechanisms—as regulated by state and federal agencies. Accidents involving heavy machinery are some of the most dangerous accidents of all. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, consult with an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer today.
Accidents on construction sites are often very serious and lead to severe injuries. The physical, financial, and emotional damages associated with such accidents are often extensive. Besides the associated medical expenses, you’re likely to experience vast wage losses. Further, if you can’t return to work in your former capacity—or at all—you’ll suffer from a diminished earning potential that can affect you well into the future. Finally, the emotional consequences of these violent accidents can be the most difficult component of all. And because so many people correlate their career with their sense of self, an injury that negatively affects your career can also be extremely emotionally challenging.
Speak With an Experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Comp Lawyer Today
Injuries on construction sites are often extremely serious, but the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at The Levin Firm in Philadelphia are here to help. Our experienced legal team has the determination, skill, and compassion to fight for your claim’s most positive resolution. Your claim and right to receiving just compensation are important to your current and future financial health, so please contact or call us at (215) 825-5183 today.