Why Is the Construction Industry Dangerous?

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If you are a construction worker, you probably know all too well how many dangers you have to dodge daily. Better yet, you may have witnessed far too many coworkers fall victim to serious accidents and subsequent injuries. Sadly, the day may come when you are the one who is left vulnerable to these posed dangers. Read on to discover why the construction industry is viewed as dangerous and how a seasoned St. Mary’s County construction accident lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can help if you have fallen victim to one of its hazards.

Why is the construction industry considered to be dangerous?

The construction industry is repeatedly ranked one of the most dangerous fields one could enter. This is largely due to the demanding manual labor that is a part of the job. Below are further explanations as to why this danger is real:

  • As a construction worker, you may be exposed to loud noises daily.
  • As a construction worker, you may breathe in deadly asbestos or get exposed to harmful chemicals daily.
  • As a construction worker, you may climb to dangerous heights on ladders, roofs, and scaffolding daily.
  • As a construction worker, you may operate dangerous machinery like cranes, bulldozers, and forklifts.

What are common accidents that take place on a construction site?

You may be abundantly cautious while performing your job duties on a construction site. Yet still, you may find yourself in the middle of a catastrophic construction site accident, and subsequently suffering through serious bodily injuries. That is, at the end of the day, you cannot control how your coworkers conduct their work. For example, your coworker may negligently speed around in a construction vehicle. In turn, you may not have time to react and get caught between the vehicle and a heavy object.

Or, it may not be expected of you to control or rectify the negligent practices of your construction site manager or employer. For example, your manager may refuse to take the break to which you are entitled. In turn, you may incur hand-arm vibration syndrome from using vibrating tools for longer than you should have.

Better yet, it may be impossible for you to realize the inherent defects within the construction machinery, equipment, and tools administered to you. For example, your employer may purchase a ladder that has yet to be recalled from its manufacturer. In turn, you may slip and fall from a high distance and break a bone or bones.

In all of the scenarios mentioned above, your accident and injuries may be due to no fault of your own. In a case like this, you must speak out for justice in a workplace accident claim and/or workers’ compensation claim. Overall, you can rest easier knowing that a competent Leonardtown personal injury lawyer is here to serve as the support system you need during this trying time. So please call us at The Dorsey Law Firm today.