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Working on a Chicago, Evanston, and/or Rockford construction site is considered to be one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Each year, hundreds of thousands of construction workers are injured and even killed in construction site related accidents. Illinois construction site accidents cause more and more injuries and deaths each year.
Some important factors to know about Chicago, Evanston and/or Rockford construction acidents injuries:
• The construction company carries the responsibility of inspecting each site with competent safety engineers and maintaining a safety program for all employees. Owners, insurance companies, architects, and equipment manufacturers can be held liable when these safety measures are not implemented or fail to protect construction workers.
• Manufacturers of various equipment and products used on the site can be found liable under Third party negligence. Contracts may ensure that liability for injuries extends to subcontractors and contractors.
• Chicago, Evanston and/or Rockford Worker’s compensation provides benefits that include lost wages and compensation for disabilities for injuries occurring on the job or even diseases caused by working conditions. Unfortunately, this alone may not be enough compensation.
Common construction accidents and injuries that occur on construction sites are:
• Logging Accidents. Perhaps the most dangerous occupation in the country is logging. Logging poses significant risks on employees due to extreme conditions surrounding employment. The massive weight and momentum of the trees being shifted around on a day-to-day basis, in addition to the extreme terrain and weather conditions, makes logging occupation extremely hazardous.
• Crane Accidents. Common accidents involving cranes are electrocution from touching power lines, accidents occurring during the assembling or disassembling of the crane, and various failures of the crane’s construction, all which can result in serious and fatal injuries.
• Dangerous and Defective Machines. When safeguards meant to protect workers are not implemented, serious injuries can result from moving machine parts. Any kind of machinery (such as nail guns, mechanical power presses, forklifts) can cause preventable injuries.
• Compressed Gases Hazards. The use of compressed gases in construction projects present the possibility of mechanical as well as chemical dangers. Thousands of workers each year are injured due to failure to follow safe handling procedures.
• Mechanical Hazards. Several moving parts of many machines (i.e. the point of operation and the power transmission apparatus) pose threats of injury on construction sites. Safety measures must be taken to protect these basic components of all machines located on the construction site.
• Welding, Cutting and Brazing Accidents. Employers are required to determine all potential dangers by providing protective equipment and minimizing all exposures to hazards. These hazardous pose dangerous health and safety risks to employees.
• Construction Site Falls. Statistics confirm that over 300 construction workers will be killed on the job site this year due to falls. Common causes of these falls are unstable work sites, misuse of equipment, or lack of adequate safety equipment. Taking proper precautions can prevent many of the deaths and injuries associated with construction site falls.
• Scaffolding Accidents. Many of the injuries that occur annually are associated with work being done using scaffolds. Most accidents are attributed to negligent construction and maintenance of the scaffolds.