The construction industry is a prime place for serious injuries. Working in the heat, at dangerous heights, with materials that can fall, and many other risk factors can lead to accidents that can range anywhere from minor to fatal.
Examples of some common construction injuries and illnesses include
The construction industry has one of the highest incident rates of all industries in Missouri. In 2013, 3.4 out of every 100 full time workers were injured in Missouri, according to a study by The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Preliminary numbers for 2014 indicate that 11 construction workers were fatally injured in construction-related accidents.
Your employer has a duty to ensure a safe workplace. At the same time, you have a responsibility to follow all safety-related laws and regulations. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), requires Missouri employers to follow a variety of safety rules, including:
If your workplace has safety regulations in place, make sure to follow them. However, if there are safety rules that your employer is not implementing, do not take the risk. You have the right to refuse to work in a dangerous situation under many circumstances.
If you see that your company is not following a safety regulation and/or they threaten to fire you for refusing to ignore the safety rule, consider talking to a lawyer.
If you are injured in a work-related construction accident, taking the following steps can help you protect your rights:
Missouri does offer workers’ compensation benefits. This means that if you are injured at work, you can recover for your injuries. This is true even if your employer was following all safety rules and was not at fault for the injury.
Talk to a Construction Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a construction related accident, it’s important to know your rights. Kevin J. Roach is an experienced construction injury attorney with a track record of success. Call today for a free workers compensation consultation (866) 519-0085 or fill out our online form.