If you work in the construction industry, you have an especially high chance of coming into contact with dangerous objects and equipment while performing your job duties. It is vital to understand how prevalent these accidents are and focus on moving forward if you find yourself hurt on the job.
Regrettably, these accidents continue to upend the lives of many construction workers.
Statistics on construction accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that throughout 2019, more than 229,000 workers had to miss work as a result of injuries caused by coming into contact with equipment and objects. In fact, contact with equipment and objects represents a leading cause of workplace accidents necessitating emergency treatment.
In 2019, more than 888,000 job-related injuries led to missed work, and the risk of accidents leading to emergency treatment was particularly high for males as well as those under 25.
Examples of construction accidents involving objects
There are various ways in which you could sustain an injury as a result of contact with equipment or objects. For example, you could suffer serious injuries if a structure collapses or a moving object hits you (such as a tool falling off of a roof or ladder). You could suffer an injury if you bump into a sharp object or dangerous equipment, and some injuries occur due to vibration.
If you become hurt while working on a construction site, you need to take a careful look at your options as you try to move forward. It is important to explore whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation, especially since these benefits could help with medical bills, lost wages and even training for a different job (if necessary).