Spring is here, and the warmer weather increases the risk of construction site accidents. Many dangers lurk in the workplace, from falling objects to unstable scaffolding, during this time of year. In this blog post, we'll discuss the most common types of accidents seen on construction sites during the spring and analyze which types of workers' compensation injuries are most commonly sustained by construction workers.
Falls From Heights
One of the most common causes of injury on a construction site is falls from heights. As outdoor temperatures begin to rise during the spring months, more workers take to higher levels of scaffolding and ladders as they work on roofs and other elevated structures. As such, there's a heightened risk that these workers could slip or lose their footing while up high, leading to severe injuries or even death in extreme cases. All workers need to wear protective gear when working at height—and supervisors must ensure that everyone follows the rules.
Injuries Caused by Falling Objects
Another significant hazard present at any construction site is falling objects. During the spring months, it's not uncommon for windy conditions to cause materials stored at high levels on scaffolding or roofs to come loose and fall onto unsuspecting workers below. These objects can range from tools and machinery to shards of glass or metal—all of which can cause serious injury if they hit someone below them. To reduce this risk, supervisors must ensure that all materials are appropriately secured when stored at height and that regular inspections are carried out throughout the day.
Workers' Compensation Injuries
Finally, some workers' compensation injuries tend to be more common in the spring months due to increased physical activity outdoors and changes in weather conditions (such as sudden temperature changes). These include strains/sprains caused by lifting heavy objects; slips/trips due to slippery surfaces; cuts/scrapes caused by sharp tools or machinery; heat exhaustion due to long hours working outside; and respiratory issues due to dust particles or chemical fumes in the air. All these risks should be considered when planning out projects over springtime so that appropriate safety measures can be implemented.
Springtime brings many hazards with it for construction workers—from falls from heights to injuries caused by falling objects. Additionally, certain types of workers' compensation injuries become more common during this season due to increased outdoor physical activity and changing weather conditions. It's essential for all stakeholders involved in a project—from supervisors down through laborers—to be aware of these hazards so that appropriate safety measures can be implemented before any work begins. Doing so will help keep everyone safe throughout the entire duration of a project.
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You may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if you have been injured in a construction-related accident. Let us help you take the necessary steps to evaluate your claim and pursue the workers' compensation benefits you deserve. Our experienced workers' compensation lawyers here at Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC, understand the complexities of this legal field and will work closely with you to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Don't hesitate to reach out today and let us fight to get the financial security that is rightfully yours.
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