According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 150,000 construction accidents occur every year, resulting in injuries. Some of the most common causes of construction worker accidents in New Jersey include falling from a building or scaffolding. It’s also common to fall into a hole or ditch.
Electrical shock is another cause of construction accidents while working with power tools, generators, electrical wiring, and different types of machinery. Repetitive motion injuries are also common when the body’s soft tissues and muscles become worn due to repeated movements while on the job.
How to reduce the risk of a construction accident
If you want to reduce the risk of a construction accident and avoid injuries, it’s important to utilize protective clothing and gear. Keeping the workspace clean and maintaining the equipment and tools is also necessary. The equipment you work with should also be used correctly to avoid mistakes that can lead to injuries.
Recognize hazards that are present before starting any new projects and perform a risk assessment to ensure everyone’s safety is protected on the site to reduce the risk of construction accidents. It’s also necessary to practice defensive driving while using work vehicles and practice backing up and parking larger trucks that have limited visibility and blind spots.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
If you need assistance with taking legal action if you’ve been injured in a construction accident, contact an attorney who can inform you of your rights. They’ll look at the different details of the case and will work hard to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. A legal professional can also help with matters related to workers’ compensation appeals, aggravation or exacerbation issues, third-party claims, and total disability.