Working in the construction industry is nothing like a 9:00 am to 5:00 pm office job. It is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. According to the United States Department of Labor, for every five workplace deaths, one is a construction worker. Aside from working at potentially dangerous heights, construction workers also deal with harsh chemicals and powerful equipment that can be deadly when used improperly.
Workers Compensation in Illinois
When an accident happens on a construction site in Illinois, the law says the victim can only file a workers compensation claim, but not a personal injury claim, against the employer. Third parties, however, can be held accountable for a personal injury claim.
Despite the dangerous conditions of construction work, accidents can be prevented. It is the responsibility of a construction company to keep employees safe to the best of their ability. Here are some ways to build safety in the construction community:
Most people will not operate home appliances without looking at the instructions first. Using a coffee maker does not require special training, but industrial equipment such as a crane or backhoe does. Proper education and training about machines will decrease accidents. The time taken to adequately train for the job could save someone’s life.
Along with knowing how to use machinery safely, workers also have access to protective gear. You should be encouraged and required to wear the protective gear that corresponds to the job. Hard hats, gloves, and eyewear are the second line of defense in case something does go wrong.
Responsibility also falls on the employer to make sure equipment on site is functioning properly, and anything not up to standards is fixed or replaced. Keep an inspection schedule for all equipment.
Safety support goes a long way when it comes to preventing accidents. Everyone wants the job done on time, but the safety of yourself and others should be a priority. A shortcut will cause problems down the road. Poorly secured materials can fall and delay the project, but most importantly, can hurt another worker.
Safety meetings keep everyone on the same page. You have the right to know about the environment you are working in and the hazards of the job. An employer that cares about safety will encourage best practices.
Get in Touch With a Kane County Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Falls, faulty equipment, and negligence are common causes for accidents on a construction site. Workers have the right to work in a safe environment no matter the occupational hazard. If you’ve been injured on a construction site, contact an experienced Aurora personal injury attorney. Call 630-907-0909 to schedule a consultation.