Construction workers in Iowa face a wide range of occupational hazards while on the job. Heavy equipment, excessive noise and other job site conditions are just a few examples of the dangers these workers face nearly every day. According to recent statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the rate of serious and fatal injuries for construction workers is higher than the national average for all other occupations. Luckily, workers who are injured on the job can file for workers’ compensation benefits to help cover lost wages and medical expenses. Here are a few hazards commonly found at construction sites.
Unstable working surfaces are usually common at most construction sites. Unstable surfaces high off the ground can be particularly dangerous. From 2015 to 2016, falls from height accounted for almost 20% of all nonfatal accidents at construction sites in the United States.
Construction often involves going up and down buildings and other structures, as well as excavations and working in trenches. Collapses of trenches, walls, scaffolding and other structures can happen at any given time. Accidental collapse injures and kills thousands of workers every year.
Moving large objects and machinery
Due to the busy nature of most construction sites, moving large objects and operating heavy machinery is commonplace. Many times, movement occurs on uneven surfaces or sites that are exposed to the elements. Accidents involving large machinery and large objects can be very serious.
OSHA has established safety standards to keep job-site conditions secure and ensure the safety of the construction workers who are working at these sites. However, due to the nature of this type of work, accidents are going to happen. Workers in Iowa who are injured at work could benefit by contacting a legal representative and filing for workers’ compensation. A seasoned attorney can provide legal guidance and help injured workers begin the filing process.