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Common hazards faced by construction workers

Construction work is inherently dangerous, but there are ways that employers and site managers can reduce the risk of unnecessary hazards. When safety is a priority, fewer workers suffer unnecessary injuries, yet many employers do not do enough to train and provide adequate safety gear.

If you suffered injuries while working on a construction site, you have the right to a full and fair recovery. Regardless of whether your accident is the result of employer negligence or an accident, you have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits.

The most common reasons for construction site injuries

There are a number of ways that preventative measures can decrease the likelihood of an accident or fatality caused by the following common construction site hazards:

  • Falls: It is possible to prevent falls by using proper scaffolding, providing safety gear and securing openings.
  • Vehicle accidents: With many moving machines and vehicles on construction sites, it is important to prevent struck-by accidents with proper training and by wearing high-visibility clothes.
  • Trench accidents: Trench accidents can be serious, but they are preventable with proper coverings and a protective system, such as a trench shield system.
  • Electrocution: Locating power lines, learning safe distance requirements and using ground fault circuit interrupters can help prevent electrocutions.

If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an accident involving any of the above factors, you are likely dealing with serious injuries or financial losses. At this time, the last thing you should have to worry about is your financial situation. Thankfully, South Carolina construction workers or families of a deceased construction worker have the right to seek workers' compensation to cover the following losses:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Funeral costs
  • Vocational retraining

It is not always easy to secure benefits, but you do not have to walk through the claims process or deal with complex legal and insurance-related matters without support and guidance.

What should I do after an accident?

You might believe that the construction site accident that left you injured was your fault, or your employer may deny your workers' compensation claim. It can be a frustrating and lengthy process to complete and submit a claim, but a lawyer experienced in workers' comp can help. By securing legal guidance as early as possible in the claims process, you may have a better chance of securing and maximizing the benefits you need and deserve.

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