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Commercial construction workers face many risks on the job

As a commercial construction worker, you know that no two days at the job site are ever the same. Unfortunately, you also know that you face many risks on a regular basis. Even though you, your coworkers, and your employer can take many steps to lessen the likelihood of an accident, you never know what the future could bring.

Here are some of the primary risks facing commercial construction workers today:

1. Fall from height

This is a common concern, as many people work at height on construction sites. For example, there are people on ladders. Along with this, scaffolding is used to ensure a stable work environment.

When a person falls from height, it's fairly obvious that he or she could suffer serious injury upon hitting the ground below.

2. Falling objects

This goes along with the fact that commercial construction workers are often completing jobs at height. With this in mind, it's possible that something could be dropped to the ground below. Depending on the item, if it strikes a person the end result could be spinal trauma and/or a serious brain injury.

3. Equipment accidents

From forklifts to power tools, construction workers rely on all types of equipment to get the job done. Unfortunately, this equipment can be dangerous for many reasons. For example, the person may not have the necessary training to safely use the equipment. Or maybe there is a faulty part, which increases the chance of an accident.

4. Backover

This is exactly what it sounds like: It occurs when a construction vehicle backs over a worker. This is among the most serious commercial construction site accidents.

These may not be the only types of construction accidents, but each one has the potential to cause catastrophic injury.

Take these three steps if you're involved in a construction accident:

  • Seek immediate medical care.
  • Notify your employer as to what happened.
  • Learn more about your legal rights.

While your health always comes first, you don't want to overlook the fact that you have legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party to receive compensation for your injuries and any other damages, such as lost wages.

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