Stepping onto a construction job site without wearing a hard hat is big
mistake. One of the leading causes of serious injuries on construction
sites is falling debris. To avoid an accident or at least limit injury
from an accident, wear safety equipment, be aware of your surroundings
and keep an eye out for hazards.
Construction laborers, weather roofers, framers, electricians, plumbers,
masons, heavy equipment operators, welders or the like, are at a very
high risk for physical harm. The very nature of their work puts them in
the high-risk category, but that does not mean accidents have to occur.
When workers are trained properly and act responsibly, the chances of
something bad happening are considerably reduced.
As leading Atlanta workers’ comp attorneys, Cummings & Middlebrooks
has helped many
construction workers receive just compensation for their injuries. If you have been struck
by a falling object on the job and are now experiencing physical harm
as a result, contact one of our attorneys today for assistance.
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It is an unfortunate statistic but accidents involving falling debris
occur almost on a daily basis. Of all the hazards present on construction
sites, the one that causes the most harm and which has claimed many lives
is falling debris. While the term may make one think of unsecured building
materials (stone, wood, concrete, etc.) it actually encompasses a wide
variety of items.
More often than not, tools and equipment that have been dropped, knocked
over or dislodged are the culprits of injuries, which lends truth to the
argument that irresponsibility is an underlying cause of most accidents.
There is no place for carelessness in the construction industry; simply
put, lives are at stake. An Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney
can help right these wrongs.
Safety gear is not always life-saving
It is worth noting that proper safety apparel can only go so far. A hard
hat can indeed reduce the impact of a falling object and prevent direct
physical contact with the head, but the shock can still cause traumatic
spinal cord and brain injuries. Even when dropped from 10 feet, a small
object can become a deadly projectile. Larger objects dropped from higher
altitudes can obviously cause considerably more serious injuries.
Federal agencies such as O.S.H.A. implement regulations to reduce the
likelihood of construction site accidents, but those alone are not enough.
A zero-tolerance policy for irresponsibility is needed on all job sites,
as is comprehensive safety training. Even though your injury may have
been the result of an accident, your employer is responsible for providing
income and medical benefits and an Atlanta workers’ comp attorney
can help you through the legal process.