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Construction workers can be injured in many types of accident

As a construction worker, you show up at the job site with the idea of tackling a variety of tasks while remaining safe throughout the day.

At the same time, most employers do whatever they can to provide a high quality and safe work environment.

Even with this approach, there are times when construction workers are injured on the job. While some injuries are minor, requiring nothing more than basic first aid, others are much more serious.

Here are some of the most common types of construction accidents:

-- Scaffolding and ladder accidents. In short, construction workers use ladders and scaffolding to work at height. While this equipment is helpful, it is also dangerous at times. Falling from height can cause a variety of serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord trauma.

-- Falling object. If an object falls from above, such as a brick or tool, it could struck somebody standing below. Even if the person is wearing a helmet, it's possible that he or she could suffer a serious injury.

-- Equipment accidents. Construction workers use many types of equipment throughout the day. This includes everything from nail guns to trench diggers and much more. If a person is not trained to use the equipment, if the equipment fails for any reason, it could result in an injury.

-- Fires and explosions. There are many causes of fires and explosions on a construction site, such as leaking pipes, exposed wiring, and flammable chemicals.

-- Building collapse. Among the most serious types of accidents, this is exactly what it sounds like. If a building collapses while workers are inside, serious injury and/or fatalities are likely.

Even though you love your job as a construction worker, you don't want to believe that you are immune to injury. You never know when something bad could happen.

Take these three steps if you are ever involved in a construction site accident:

-- Receive immediate medical attention, both on site and at a local hospital.

-- Report the accident and your injuries to your employer.

-- Learn more about your legal rights.

If you want to protect your rights, if you're worried about making mistakes, don't hesitate to consult with a personal injury attorney. Your legal team can keep you on track, ensuring that you make decisions that will put you in position to receive compensation for your injuries.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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