The construction profession can be both lucrative and dangerous. In fact, roughly 10% of all workplace injuries occur on construction sites. Typical worksite injuries include:
- Burns, cuts, and lacerations
- Severed limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Due to the hazardous nature of the profession, construction industry professionals should be aware of the following common causes of construction site injuries:
- Fires and Explosions – The presence of items such as unfinished electrical systems and dangerous chemicals, construction sites are particularly vulnerable to fires and explosions.
- Falls – Roughly 20 to 30% of construction injuries arise due to falls.
- Falling Items – Unsecured, elevated items such as construction tools and materials are common on construction sites. These items can lead to severe injuries if accidently dropped or dislodged.
- Equipment Mishaps – Heavy equipment is typically present on construction sites. Unfortunately, the power generated by equipment such as cranes and bulldozers increases the dangers associated with their use. When these items malfunction or are misused, serious injuries occur.
- Vehicle-related Accidents – Vehicle accidents are common sources of worksite injuries. A particularly common cause of injury is known as a “backover,” which refers to a person struck by a vehicle while it is backing up. Vehicle collisions are particularly prevalent on worksites located near busy streets.
If you’ve suffered a construction site injury, please contact the Merdes Law Office, P.C. to discuss your legal options with one of our highly experienced personal injury lawyers in Alaska. The Merdes Law Firm is Board Certified and AV Rated. They have more than 25 years of experience, helping people who have been injured and the families of people who have been killed in Alaska. We will ensure that you remain apprised of your legal rights as you pursue compensation for your injuries. For further information or schedule a consultation please contact Merdes Law Office, P.C. at (866) 452-3741 or visit www.Merdes.com.