According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers in Pennsylvania had the second highest incidence of workplace injury in 2013.
Construction workers are well aware that their line of work can be dangerous and the majority of employees in the industry take precautions to protect themselves from injury by using hard hats, safety vests, steel-toed boots and other safety equipment to keep them safe.
However, construction accidents can still occur and, when they do, the person who is injured is eligible to file a workers’ Compensation claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in construction accident while working, contact our workers’ compensation attorneys at Lundy Law.
Falls account for the majority of construction accidents in Philadelphia and other areas of the state. Falls can occur when an employee loses their balance on a roof or scaffolding or if into a hole in the ground.
Employees have also been injured when they come in contact with live electrical wires, suffering electrocution and burns while on the construction site.
There have been employees injured when construction trenches collapse or when they are struck by falling objects. Equipment can malfunction as well and this can lead to significant injury.
Electricity is a critical part of everyone’s daily life and we often take it for granted. Construction workers have been injured when they come in contact with power lines, fail to use equipment properly or use an extension cord in an unsafe manner.
Construction workers may fall due to unprotected sides on a raised platform, bad construction of scaffolding or portable ladders that are not properly secured.
Although it may seem as if cave-ins are the most common causes of injury when construction companies are trenching, there are actually other incidents that cause more injuries. Toxic fumes can gather in a trench and, if there is not enough oxygen provided, an employee could suffer from asphyxiation. Water can fill a trench leading to drowning or the employee could come into contact with unexpected pipes and wires.
If you are injured in a construction accident, you are entitled to workers’ compensation.
In Pennsylvania, every construction company, regardless of the number of employees, must either purchase workers’ Compensation insurance or self-insure employees should they be injured on the job.
Workers’ comp is designed to pay your lost wages when you cannot work after an accident in the workplace and to pay any medical costs associated with treating that injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury in Philadelphia or other area of Pennsylvania, contact Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. You may contact us through our contact form or give us a call at 1-800-Lundy Law to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve after your construction accident.