A Stroudsburg Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Construction Accidents

August 20, 2021

Construction accidents are entirely too common, considering how preventable most of them are. Quite often, construction workers, especially those with repetitive jobs, are thinking about almost anything that has nothing to do with work, such as what they’re doing after work, how long it is until they get off that day, their weekend plans, and, quite often, how they’re not getting paid enough. While this is simply human nature, it is still important for employers to ensure the safety of all of their workers, especially when they are working in a dangerous construction site.

If you have been injured in a construction site accident, or have safety questions about construction accidents, contact a Stroudsburg personal injury lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis for help.

Common Workplace Accidents in Stroudsburg

Construction accidents and the resulting injuries can be significantly reduced if both employers and employees have a genuine interest in preventing such accidents. To accomplish this, it’s important to know what common accidents to look out for. Some of the most common workplace accidents include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Falling objects and debris
  • Falls from heights including, for example, scaffolds, ladders, ceilings, and/or rooftops
  • Crashes and collisions
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Overexertion
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Strained muscles
  • Repetitive strain injuries from repetitive motions
  • Machinery or equipment failures
  • Caught in-between accidents 
  • Explosions or burns
  • Ditch or ground collapses.
  • Mental trauma like anxiety or depression
  • Diseases caused by exposure to toxic materials

How to Avoid Common Workplace Injuries

Preventing workplace injuries only takes a few simple steps:

  • Stay Alert. You’ll be able to perform your job duties much more safely.
  • Be an Active Listener. Listen and participate in emergency drills.
  • Follow the Safety Program. Most safety programs are mandatory anyway.
  • Be Aware. Be aware of the possible causes of accidents.
  • Communicate. Talk to your supervisor and co-workers about the dangers of various tasks.
  • Know Your Limitations. Don’t take positions that you are unqualified for.
  • Observe the Posted Signs. Pay attention to the safety notices that are plastered across bulletin boards. 
  • Be Safe Rather Than Sorry. Avoid dangerous tasks rather than trying to be a hero.
  • Adhere to the Dress Code. Safety, not style, is the purpose of dress codes. 
  • Ask Questions. When you don’t understand, ask.

Let a Stroudsburg Personal Injury Lawyer Help You Avoid Construction Accidents

Construction accidents resulting in injuries or even death are tragic but generally preventable. If you have been involved in a construction accident in the Stroudsburg area, contact a Stroudsburg personal injury lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis, either online or at 570-421-8119 for your free consultation. We’ll help deal with any insurance or legal claims you may have and answer your questions.