Construction sites are dangerous and workers are at a high risk of suffering serious injuries, especially when property owners and contractors fail to provide for the safety of those workers. In the construction of new buildings, as well as the renovation or modernization of existing buildings, workers who are injured due to negligence have the right to pursue compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. Jacobson, Schrinsky & Houck are here to help if you have been injured.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Wisconsin (2015)
According to the US Dept. of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics, Construction and extraction occupations totaled 24 incidents.
13 – Total fatal injuries
7 – Transportation incidents
4 – Contact with objects and equipment.
A vast majority of these incidents were involving men.
Tips on how to avoid construction site accidents
Construction site accidents happen all too often. In order to prevent these dangerous and life-threatening accidents, it’s important to take the proper safety precautions while working on construction sites.
Here are a few ways you or your loved one can work to avoid construction site accidents:
- Be aware of the risks around you. Common hazards on construction sites include falling debris and materials, live electrical wiring, and falls from high heights.
- Keep it clean. Put up tools and materials when you’re done using them and ensure your workspace is free of hazards. Keep all walkways clear and free of debris to prevent unnecessary falls and slips.
- Take part in any training provided. Additionally, don’t operate any equipment you’re not qualified or trained to use.
- Report any dangerous working conditions. If you spot hazards in your work environment, report it to your employer.
- Maintain your tools. Before using a piece of equipment or machinery, ensure it is in proper working order. Keep all tools and machinery on a regular inspection schedule.
- Wear safety gear. Always wear the recommended safety equipment for your job. Whether it’s a hard hat, goggles, gloves, or protective suit, these items could save your life.
- Follow any and all guidelines set in place by OSHA or your employer. These are designed to keep you, your colleagues, and anyone else on the site safe.
If you or a loved one have been injured at a construction site, we are here to help, contact Jacobson, Schrinsky & Houck today at: 414-223-4444 or online at: www.jsh-law.com/contact-us
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