If you work in the construction industry, you don’t need anyone to tell you that it’s a rewarding and fast-paced career with the potential to fulfill your professional goals.
And you also don’t need anyone to tell you that a construction site is full of danger.
Workplace safety is more important than anything else, as taking a risk with your health can result in serious injury or even death.
Here are five questions you must answer as they relate to workplace safety, construction site injuries and your legal rights:
- What can you do about an unsafe workplace? The first thing you should do is report the issue to your employer. If that doesn’t work, you may need to file a complaint with a government agency, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- What should you do if you suffer a workplace injury? Your top priority is obtaining medical treatment, which often starts with first-aid at the scene and leads to an ambulance transporting you to a local hospital. As time allows, it’s also important to report the incident and your injuries to your employer.
- Are you eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages? The first way to seek compensation is by filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the circumstances, it may also be possible to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party.
- Who is liable for a construction site accident? This varies from case to case, and can include but is not limited to your employer, contractor, sub-contractor or equipment manufacturer.
- Who is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment? Your employer, contractors and the property owner are typically responsible for ensuring the safety of all workers and visitors. However, just because these parties are responsible doesn’t necessarily mean they take all the necessary steps in preventing trouble.
If you’re concerned about workplace safety or have suffered a construction site injury, collect information pertaining to the accident and take steps to protect your legal rights. If you’re unable to immediately return to work, you’ll want to seek compensation that can help you financially during your recovery.