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5 common construction accident types

Construction workers in Phoenix have a difficult job. They work long hours of physical labor, often in punishing heat. In addition, the nature of the job often exposes construction workers to the risk of serious injury. When an accident occurs, the victim could be laid up and unable to work for months – if they are not permanently disabled.

5 common construction worker accidents

Working at great heights with heavy materials and powerful tools, there are many ways you can get hurt on the job working construction. Here are some of the most common types of accidents that force victims to turn to workers compensation:

  • Falls. This is one of the common construction site accidents. Workers spend a lot of time on scaffolding, ladders and roofs, from which they can call and badly hurt themselves.
  • Falling objects. Similarly, tools and other objects can fall from dozens of feet in the air and land on a worker’s head, shoulder or foot.
  • Equipment accidents. Working with and around heavy trucks, forklifts, backhoes, nail guns and other powerful machinery can crush, puncture or otherwise maim unfortunate workers.
  • Repetitive stress injuries. Not the result of a single accident, repetitive stress injuries build up over time and can be terribly painful.
  • Heat stress. If a builder does not take proper precautions, workers can suffer heat stroke from exposure to the sun.

If you were injured in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation to help compensate you for your medical and physical therapy bills, as well as your lost wages. You may also be entitled to third-party compensation if your injuries were caused by a defective product or another party’s negligence. Talk to a Phoenix work injury lawyer to learn more about your options.

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