There are significant dangers in the construction industry, and workers are at risk for injuries in their line of work. The job often requires extensive heavy lifting and the use of heavy machinery. In 2018, according to the United States Department of Labor, 21.1% of the 4,779 worker fatalities were construction workers.
Employers need to take precautions to limit the chances of injury during construction work. However, if you sustained an injury due to your line of work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.
How to prevent injuries
There are preventive measures that your employer is responsible for, which may help you avoid injuries during work. These measures include providing safe tools and equipment, safety training manuals and hazard communication programs and following safety regulations to ensure that all employees have a better chance of avoiding injury. If employers fail to meet these standards, workplace injuries become likely.
How to make your employment safer
If your construction company is not providing a safe working environment for employees, you may contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with a written complaint. The organization may perform an inspection to determine if there are any hazards and ensure that the employer makes the necessary corrections.
How the no-fault system works
Workers’ compensation laws are a no-fault system. This means that you do not need to provide evidence to show who was the responsible party. The fact that your injury occurred at work entitles you to receive compensation. The only proof you need to provide is that your injury took place while on the job.
How to file a claim
To file a claim for a workplace injury, you first need to inform your employer or construction site manager with a written statement. It is also essential to have evidence to support your case. This may include taking photos of the injury site and equipment involved, getting statements from witnesses and providing medical records that document your injury.