The construction industry provides important work to many of Alabama’s residents. Unfortunately, however, it can be a hazardous profession. In fact, a high percentage of workplace injuries and fatalities occur on construction sites. Some common construction site injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severed appendages and limbs
- Broken bones
In order to prevent these and other injuries, workers in the construction industry should avoid the following hazards:
- Falling items – Due to the heights at which construction work is often performed, falling tools, debris, and other items pose a serious risk to workers on the ground. Even if proper safety attire is worn, workers who are hit by falling items often incur serious injuries.
- Falls – As mentioned above, construction work is often performed on elevated structures, thereby greatly increasing the risk for falls. In fact, nearly half of all accidents on construction sites involve falls, and the resulting injuries are often severe.
- Heavy equipment – There are usually multiple pieces of heavy machinery on any given construction site, and these items are extremely powerful. Due to the power of these machines, injuries stemming from their use tend to be serious.
- Vehicles – Automobiles are a frequent cause of construction site injuries. Workers are sometimes struck by vehicles entering and leaving the premises, and construction sites near busy roads can result in risks from passing traffic.
- Explosions, fires, and chemicals – Unfinished electrical systems, flammable chemicals, and exposed wiring can all result in explosions, fires, and chemical inhalation. And although these hazards aren’t as common as some of the others described above, their consequences are just as severe.
- Physical exertion – Construction work requires extreme physical exertion, leaving construction workers susceptible to overexertion-related injuries. Injuries of this type include muscle damage, joint damage, heat stroke, repetitive motion injuries, and hypothermia.
Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys
At Cox & Stansberry, we understand that being injured in a construction accident can be overwhelming. The pain, suffering, expenses, and lost wages associated with injuries suffered at work can often feel like an insurmountable burden. Luckily, our experienced Birmingham personal injury attorneys can help ease this burden by offering you compassionate, knowledgeable, and aggressive legal representation in your construction accident case. At Cox & Stansberry, our Birmingham, Alabama, legal team will take the time to understand the circumstances that led to your accident and advise you of all your options while leveraging our experience and skills to ensure you receive the full value of your claim. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident that was no fault of your own, please contact our office as soon as possible for a consultation with one of our compassionate and knowledgeable legal advocates. This consultation is free, and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until our team of passionate legal advocates wins your case.