What Are Common Causes of Job-related Injuries and Illnesses for Construction Workers?

Falls From Certain Heights

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Workers often fall from scaffolds, roofs, ladders, or other elevated surfaces. These falls can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neck, back and head injuries.


Musculoskeletal disorders, such as back injuries, are often caused by overexertion. Repetitive motions, such as those performed when using power tools and heavy lifting can lead to these injuries. It’s essential to take breaks often and use the correct tools for the job.

Caught in or Between Objects

Construction workers can be injured when caught between objects, such as when a falling object crushes them. They can also be injured when an object strikes them. This can happen, for example, when workers are struck by a piece of equipment or when they’re hit by a car or truck.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are also common causes of job-related injuries and are especially common on construction worksites. These can occur when workers walk on wet or icy surfaces, when they slip on objects dropped on the floor, or when they trip over cords or tools.

What Can a Construction Worker Do to Get Compensation After an On-the-Job Injury?

To get compensation after an on-the-job injury, construction workers should first report the injury to their supervisor and then file a workers’ compensation claim. A compensation claim can provide financial assistance for medical expenses and lost wages. Workers may also be eligible for benefits such as permanent disability payments in some cases.

Also, the claim can help workers get back to work as soon as possible.

What Happens When a Piece of Equipment Fails and It’s Not User Error?

When a piece of equipment fails and it’s not the worker’s fault, it is often classified as an industrial accident. An industrial accident can occur when a worker uses a piece of equipment, when the equipment is being repaired, or when it is being loaded or unloaded.

If you have been injured in an industrial accident, you can and should file a claim for workers’ compensation. You will need to contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation to do this. At Alverson + O’Brien, we specialize in assisting injured workers file workers’ compensation claims and will work to get you the benefits you deserve.

What to Do If You’re Injured on a Construction Site

If you are injured at a construction site, notify your employer as soon as possible. Informing the employer is important because it starts the process of workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a system that provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill due to their job. These benefits can include medical expenses, money for wage loss, money for permanent disability due to the work injury and death benefits.

Workers should also seek medical attention immediately for their injuries. This is important to ensure that they receive the necessary treatment and that they document their injuries.

As soon as possible after the injury has occurred, workers should contact an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation to discuss filing a claim. An attorney can help workers get the benefits they deserve.

What Evidence Needs to Be Gathered After a Construction Site Accident?

After a construction site accident, the evidence that needs to be gathered will depend on the type of accident. If you were injured due to a fall, then evidence such as safety gear and the worksite condition should be collected. If you were injured by a piece of equipment, photos or video of the equipment should be collected.  Also, try to identify any eyewitnesses to the injury and gather the witnesses contact information.

The evidence should be collected as soon as possible after the accident to ensure that it is not contaminated or lost. This is because it may be difficult to obtain later on. The evidence should be given to one of our attorneys so that our team can begin preparing the case.  Our firm will help guide and assist with collection of evidence.

Contact us at Alverson + O’Brien to learn more.