Common Construction Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, severe injuries and even death are possible on construction sites as a result of negligence, faulty equipment, and other circumstances arising from a dangerous construction site. Possible injuries that can occur and lead to life-altering injuries, including disability and death, include:
- Eye injury, including vision impairment or blindness
- Broken bones
- Knee and ankle injury
- Neck, shoulder, or back injury
- Spinal cord injury, including damage that can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
- Head injury and/or brain injury
- Amputation or decapitation
Slip and Fall
If the construction site supervisor fails to keep a safe working environment, or a construction worker fails to follow certain safety precautions, then a slip and fall accident is likely to occur. This may happen if signs are not put up to indicate a spill or are subsequently ignored, or if other areas on the site are risky places for walking.
Falling Objects or Materials
Equipment or construction materials may become hazardous when falling from tall heights, leading a construction site to quickly become unsafe. Workers on the ground may suffer from head injuries, broken limbs, or even die from falling objects.
Safety is of utmost importance in construction zones, and when safe practices are not followed, the likelihood of an injury increases.
Dangerous or Negligent Equipment Use
If a nail gun is not used safely, a bulldozer is driven carelessly, or required safety rules or equipment are ignored or not used, a typical day on a construction site can quickly become a day where medical attention is needed as soon as possible. When people other people on a construction site don’t follow safety rules, or are negligent in their use of equipment such as skid steers, bulldozers or cranes, serious injuries can result. Often in those situations, you need representation right away to preserve evidence and investigate the cause of the injury.
Collapsed Scaffolding, Trenches, or Buildings
Construction workers regularly put their lives on the line, be it in an unstable building, deep underground where a trench is being built, or high up on a scaffold. When scaffolding or a building suddenly collapses, or a trench caves in and traps workers, then those workers may become injured or die as a result. Personal Injury FAQ