Injuries on construction sites are disturbingly common. According to OSHA, one-fifth of all fatalities on-the-job happen in construction.
A majority of these accidents happen in one of the categories that our industry calls the Fatal Four:
- Being caught in or between objects
- Being struck by an object
These injuries can happen to anyone on a construction site. No matter how careful everyone is on a job site, unforeseen circumstances can turn a simple job into a deadly accident site.
Construction Job Site Injury
What should you do if you are ever injured while working construction? Keep these five steps in mind.
- Seek medical treatment immediately
Get it looked at by a professional, even if you think you can walk it off. There may be deep and lingering injuries that will not make themselves apparent until later. Get a full evaluation by a medical professional.
- Notify your employer
Let your bosses know right away. Tell them what happened, and find out if you can receive workers’ compensation benefits.
- Take pictures or video where it happened
Document everything. Take shots of the machinery or equipment that was involved in your injury. Document the state of the job site, and take clear photos of the injuries themselves. Photograph the clothing you were wearing. If anyone witnessed the injury, get their contact information. Get them to say on camera what happened, if they are willing to. Obviously, if the injuries are severe, medical attention should be your first priority.
- Keep receipts and accurate notes of all medical care
Write everything down, and keep thorough notes. Anything you buy at the store or the pharmacy to help with your recovery — keep receipts of all that as well.
- Contact a personal injury attorney
Enlist the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss if you may have a case to pursue.