There are few jobs more dangerous than construction. With power tools, scaffolding soaring high into the air, heavy machinery, chemicals, and heavy machinery, construction workers face an array of on-the-job hazards. When strict safety regulations are not followed, disaster can result — leaving workers seriously injured, permanently disabled or even killed. When workplace accidents happen on construction sites in Central Ohio, E. Ray Critchett can help. We are skilled at handling workers’ compensation claims, and will aggressively pursue your right to benefits.
Common Construction Accidents
While workplace accidents can happen anywhere, they are incredibly common in the construction industry. Twenty percent of all workplace deaths occur on construction sites, with the most common accidents involving falls, electrocution, being hit by an object or being crushed between objects or machinery.
Many of these accidents are a direct result of a company’s failure to follow safety rules. The federal government requires contractors and other employers to follow specific rules under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Ohio also provides additional requirements under its workplace safety laws, which require employers to provide a safe workplace for employees and those who frequent job sites. Unfortunately, despite these strict rules, some employers fail to follow the rules, leading to serious accidents. Safety violations such as improper ventilation or respiratory protection, inadequate fall protection, scaffolding failures and poor training can result in devastating injuries.
If you have been injured at a construction site, there are two options for recovering for your injuries. Most cases must be filed through the Ohio Workers’ Compensation System. But if the accident was a result of the negligence of a third party (someone other than your employer or a co-worker), you may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible party to recover additional compensation.