Every workplace has its unique share of hazards. Construction sites can be busy, cluttered and contain several potential hazards for workers. According to OSHA, slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries among construction workers.
If you are hurt while working at a construction site, you may be entitled to financial restitution for the resulting injuries and other damages. But how do construction workers slip-and-fall at work?
Construction site slips and falls fall into two broad categories
The nature of the construction sites creates two broad types of slip-and-fall accidents: same-level falls and falls from heights.
Same-level falls happen when a construction worker is tripped by hazards like loose cables, wet and slippery floors and changes in levels among others. Depending on the severity of the fall, these accidents can lead to broken bones among other injuries.
Slip-and-fall accidents can also happen when a construction worker falls from a height while working on the roof. They can also happen when the worker is using faulty ladders and scaffolds. A fall from elevation can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.
Taking action after a slip-and-fall accident
A construction site accident can result in life-altering injuries. However, to file a claim and obtain the claim you deserve, it’s important to take certain steps. First, you need to let your employer know about your injury as soon as possible. In Florida, you have 30 days to report the injury to your employer.
Second, you need to see a doctor ASAP. This will ensure that you receive the treatment you need to get out of danger. Seeking treatment immediately will also ensure that you obtain a medical report that will be crucial when litigating your case.
Finally, you need to file your claim within the statute of limitations period. In Florida, this is two years from the date of the slip-and-fall accident that resulted in your injuries.
A slip-and-fall accident can happen to even the most cautious construction worker. Find out how you can pursue damages if you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident while at work.