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Common Types Of Construction Site Accidents

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Construction sites are one of the most dangerous places to work, given the hazardous chemicals, machinery, and working conditions of a construction site. When employers are negligent with their workers’ safety serious accidents can occur on construction jobs with devastating injuries for victims. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our team of dedicated Nashville construction accident attorneys is here for you after a construction site accident. To learn more about the wide range of legal services offered to our injury clients, call or contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Falls

Falls are the most common type of construction site accident because of the heights that construction workers often operate at, accounting for 35 percent of all construction site injuries. Falls can happen from rooftops, scaffolding, and ladders when proper safety measures fail or are not provided to workers. This type of accident has the potential to cause permanent disability and severe injuries when a fall happens from a substantial height.

Falling Debris

Another common type of construction site accident is caused by falling debris. Tools, building material, scaffolding, machinery, and other supplies can all fall to the ground below if not properly secured when being used at significant heights. The force and impact of falling debris can cause devastating injuries to workers and visitors to the construction site below, even when they are wearing protective headgear.

Explosions and Burns

Gas leaks, exposed wires, explosive material, hot machinery, corrosive chemicals, and more can all cause explosions and burns on a construction site. Burns are some of the most painful injuries that a person can endure, and explosions can cause multiple injuries from the heat and concussive blast. Victims injured by explosions and burns are often permanently disabled and require significant medical care.

Machinery Accidents

Large machinery, vehicles, and equipment are commonplace on construction sites, but when this machinery is operated negligently, recklessly, or is defective the resulting accidents can be catastrophic for victims. Cranes, bulldozers, jackhammers, bobcats, soldering equipment, nail guns, power drills, and more can all cause serious injuries.

Trench or Ground Collapse

Finally, trench or ground collapses cause more accidents at construction sites than most people realize. Digging trenches and other excavations are often necessary for construction projects, and if not dug properly these digging projects can collapse with workers still inside or around the edge of the excavation. Workers can be crushed or suffocated and suffer severe injuries or worse in this type of accident. To learn more about the common types of accidents that occur on Tennessee construction sites and what compensation you may be entitled to, talk to our office now.

Call or Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has been hurt at one of the many construction sites around Nashville, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help. Call the office or contact us now to schedule a free evaluation of your injury claims with one of our knowledgeable lawyers today.

Resource:

osha.gov/construction

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