Thousands of construction workers suffer work related injuries each year.
Construction sites are dangerous places for workers. Almost every aspect of the job has a risk for injury or death. 700 construction workers lose their lives while on the job each year and even more are injured. If you are injured on a St. Louis construction work site, you may need the assistance of a qualified St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney.
The Fatal Four
There are four leading causes of construction site deaths and injury that you should always be aware of. These are:
- Falling, either from a ladder or from scaffolding.
- Electrocutions caused by wiring not being properly installed.
- Collisions with falling material from above or collapses.
- Getting caught between objects as they are being forced together.
Safety on the Job
By being aware of the increased risks listed above, you will be in a better position to avoid injury. You are entitled to training and equipment to accomplish your job safely. Safety equipment should be readily available to all workers. In addition, you should be forewarned if handling hazardous or toxic materials. Employers should provide you with:
- ear plugs
If you do not feel comfortable with the training you have received for the type of work expected from you, let a supervisor know immediately. Also let them know if the right protective gear is not available for the job. Any machinery that you are expected to operate should be in safe working condition. Certain tools such as cutting blades and saws should have guards in place as well as an emergency kill switch. All machinery should have proper electrical connections as well as safety guards in place.
Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied
There are certain circumstances where a construction company may deny your claim on the grounds that you are an independent contractor. In this case you will need to file an appeal with the help of a St. Louis workers’ compensation lawyer. Call The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361–4300 to protect your legal rights.