Every California worker is at risk for injury on the job. Some jobs are undoubtedly more dangerous than others. Construction workers’ accidents typically occur more often than accidents in most other industries. In fact, construction ranks high on most lists for the most dangerous jobs in the United States.
Issues that often lead to workplace injuries for construction workers include ladders and scaffolds, as well as sitting up high to operate machinery such as a crane operator might do. Workers in these types of situations may suffer falls from significant heights, resulting in serious injuries. Sadly, many workers who fall from up high do not survive.
Leaky pipes, exposed wiring and chemicals are also issues that often lead to workplace accidents in the construction industry. Such issues often spark fires or explosions that may be life-threatening to anyone nearby at the time. Working near trenches or tall buildings also poses a great risk for on-the-job injury due to collapses or cave-ins.
When construction workers’ accidents occur, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration often sends investigators to determine what caused a particular accident and to check for safety violations. A California worker who survives his or her injuries may need help navigating the workers’ compensation process. Benefits are also typically available to a spouse and children of a worker whose injuries proved fatal. It is helpful to consult with an experienced employment law attorney before filing a claim because the attorney can help overcome any legal obstacles that may arise, especially if an insurance company seeks to denies a claim.