There are thousands of construction workers in the state of Iowa, and the majority of these workers perform dangerous tasks on a day-to-day basis. Those who work in the construction industry are usually well aware of the risks of their jobs. Regardless, no one really expects or wants to get injured while working. Fortunately, those who are injured on the job can take advantage of workers’ compensation benefits to sustain them as they recover from an injury. Here are the most common types of accidents that occur at construction sites.
Electrocution is a risk construction workers face at most construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has stringent safety guidelines that construction companies must follow to help prevent workers from being electrocuted. To reduce the risk of electrocution, workers need to wear the proper safety equipment and be on the lookout for power lines when performing their job duties.
Slipping or tripping
Workers tripping or suffering falls happen regularly on construction sites. For example, a worker could fall from a roof, fall from scaffolding or through a floor opening. Many construction sites involve multi-story buildings which only increases the chance that a fall will result in a serious injury.
Being hit by a vehicle
According to OSHA, around 40% of occupational fatalities in 2019 were due to a transportation accident, like being hit by a crane, car or trailer. Many construction workers are working near roadways where vehicles could hit them. To reduce the odds of being hit, workers should wear protective gear and high-visibility clothing like reflective vests.
Construction workers are at a higher risk for death or injury than those in most other occupations. Those who are injured in an accident at work may find themselves struggling to pay for basic life necessities or medical expenses. Iowa residents who have been injured in a workplace accident can work toward obtaining rightful benefits by contacting a trusted attorney experienced in workers’ compensation claims.