NEW YORK – Construction isn’t easy but someone has to keep building. That onus is on the backs of more than 1.5 million construction workers and carpenters in America. While many of them avoid injuries, accidents can happen – and they’re often costly when they do.
According to new study from Travelers, the average claim can cost anywhere between $8,000 to more than $42,000 and some injuries can cost over $100,000 to treat.
The Most Common Accidents
- Material Handling – 32%
- Slips, trips and falls – 16%
- Struck by object – 10%
- Tools accident – 7%
- Body overuse – 4%
The Most Common Injuries
- Strains/Sprains – 30%
- Cuts or punctures – 19%
- Contusions – 12%
- Inflammation – 5%
- Fractures – 2%
‘Material Handling’ simply means carrying an item. A New York construction accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says many workers can pull or strain muscles by lifting heavy items. While most of these injuries are minor, they can sometimes affect your job.
“Workers are lifting items in just about every industry in New York,” construction accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “It’s no surprise that it’s the most common injury – but it can also leave a worker sidelined for weeks as the medical bills pile up.”
New York construction accident attorneys say most workers can get fully compensated for their injuries and lost wages but it often requires a skilled attorney to obtain a fair deal.
“Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible and that can be very frustrating for workers,” Cellino said. “Our lawyers have seen the devastation construction injuries can have on a worker and their family and we understand that a fair settlement can go a long way.”
Of course, it’s best to avoid injuries if possible.
Safety advocates urge both workers and managers to make the job site as safe as it can be. This includes:
- Preventing slip and falls by keeping job sites clear of obstacles and hazards
- Use caution when working from heights. Educate workers about proper safety practices and always place ladders on stable surfaces.
- Provide safe equipment. In construction, tools and machines often require regular maintenance and should continually be reevaluated for safety.
- Rest and reduce stress. Overuse injuries are among the most common on job sites. Proper rest and techniques can reduce your risk of injury.
- Create a safety culture. Safety should be everyone’s top priority and all concerns should be properly addressed to prevent accidents from happening.
Even when these suggestions are followed, accidents can happen. If you’ve been injured on the job, contact a New York construction accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes today for a free case evaluation.
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