Workplace accidents happen far too often, especially on or near construction sites. Workers are often subjected to serious industry specific hazards due to the dangerous nature of their profession. In Rhode Island the construction industry is thriving and the number of construction accidents is unfortunately rising.
Statistics from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) tells us that twenty percent of all workplace fatalities nationwide were in the construction industry. In 2014, there were 899 deaths, or more than two deaths per day! The DOL goes on to state that the four most common types of construction injuries, AKA the “fatal four”, are:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught on, or crushed by equipment or collapsing buildings.
Other reasons, or causes, construction workers are vulnerable to injuries include; exposure to chemicals, and injuries sustained from faulty or poorly maintained equipment.
As a construction worker, it is important to not only protect yourself on the job site but also following an incident or injury at a construction site. If you’re injured on a construction job site, here’s what you need to keep in mind.
- Get medical attention. Even if you are experiencing no immediate problems, an exam at the time of the incident will identify any areas of concern that may surface down the road. Your employer may require you to visit a physician approved by their Worker’s compensation insurance carrier. Do so, but in addition seek the services of your personal healthcare provider, or an independent doctor.
- Report the incident to whatever supervisory entity is on site. Depending on the scope of the accident, OSHA may become involved. Ask for, and insist upon, copies of any reports or documents generated regarding the incident.
- Document, document, document. Write down what happened as soon as possible, take pictures, make a list of witnesses.
- Do not sign anything, or accept any settlement that may be offered. Protect yourself. Seek counsel from a Rhode Island Personal Injury attorney. You may be entitled to far more than Worker’s Comp can offer.
If you or a friend has been injured at a construction site while on the job, contact us for a free case evaluation. At the very least we can explain your rights and help identify your options moving forward. Call our office to schedule your free case evaluation.