Emergency crews had to take three construction workers to the hospital last week after they sustained injuries on a job at N.C. State University, WRAL reports.
Before their accident, the workers had been helping a crane operator to lift a steal beam at the school’s student center, when the platform on which they were standing gave way and caused them to fall roughly eight feet to the ground.
Injures were severe, but not life-threatening—one worker injured his leg and another injured his back, while the third worker sustained a head injury.
The state’s Department of Labor is now completing a standard investigation into the accident.
What Causes Construction Accidents
OSHA reports that of the 775 construction accident deaths that occurred nationwide in 2012, 278 of them, or 36 percent, occurred because of falls on the job. Seventy-eight construction workers were killed by collisions (10 percent), 66 were killed by electrocution (9 percent) and 13 were killed by being caught in-between an object (2 percent). Construction accident lawyers have seen these cases dramatically decrease in the past 40 years—daily accidents have decreased from 38 per day in 1972 to 12 per day in 2012—but these accidents still occur, and they still have serious consequences for their victims.
How To Prevent These Accidents
If you work in any kind of construction, whether you’re in Illinois or anywhere in the country, you already know of the dangers the job can bring. To make sure you are as safe as possible, construction accident attorneys would advise you to be alert. Wear the required safety gear, like construction helmets or other specific safety precautions, at all times. If offered, take any safety training or refresher courses to stay on top of your game.
If you are working on road construction, you may need to take extra precautions. Wear bright clothing and reflective vests to be as visible as possible to drivers—these should be readily available to you and anyone else working on the road. If you’re working after dark, make sure you follow safety protocols for lighting, reflective materials and more.
What To Do If You’ve Been Involved In a Construction Accident
The report from North Carolina did not disclose if the three men had contacted a construction accident lawyer to address their cases. However, if you have been involved in a construction accident in Illinois, you may want to call a construction accident attorney as soon as possible. These lawyers, like the ones at Malman Law, have had experience handling construction cases and can help you receive any monetary compensation you may need to pay for your medical bills.
To get started with your case, contact Malman Law to see what we can do for you. We’ve concentrated in personal injury cases for more than 15 years, and we will fight for you.