Before going into construction work in California, you should know what the most common construction site injuries are in order to prevent them. You should also know that California law requires all businesses, even those that only have one employee, to have workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation helps with the financial costs from work injuries.
Hit by a falling object
Even if you wear a helmet on a construction site, you can still sustain an injury from something falling on you. Helmets help to reduce the severity of head injuries when they occur. If you drop an item while working above, call out to your co-workers below to help them avoid an injury.
Hit by a construction vehicle
When the driver of a construction vehicle makes a mistake, the vehicle could lurch forward and hit another worker. Always stay alert when you’re near a construction vehicle or operating one. Large, heavy vehicles on the site could crush a person if it runs them over or jams them into an immovable object like a wall.
As a construction worker, you may have to work high up on a ladder or other equipment. Sometimes, you have to walk across beams. The nature of this work puts you at higher risk of serious fall injuries, so always use protective equipment properly.
You could receive workers’ compensation benefits from tool-related injuries. Being cut, shocked or burned can put you out of work for months or disable you, so it’s important to receive medical treatment as soon as possible.
Although construction work typically pays well, it comes with more risks than many jobs because you’re working with powerful tools and heavy equipment. Despite your best intentions to stay alert, you can sometimes lose focus for a brief second and accidentally get hurt. Workers’ compensation benefits may help you cover the financial costs of medical care and being out of work while recovering, so reach out to an attorney to learn more about how to apply for these benefits.