Construction work can be very dangerous, not only for the construction workers themselves, but also for drivers when there’s road work being done. David Greene from Greene & Phillips joined us on Studio10 to give us some advice on how to remain safe in these situations.
The following questions and answers were provided by Greene & Phillips:
David, talk about some of dangers related to construction and how they can be avoided?
Well, sometimes there isn’t a lot that a person is able to do in these work related incidents. We’ve dealt with instances where the scaffolding they were working on collapsed, or part of a building fell above them and they were unable to move from underneath it, or sometimes they fall and get severely injured due to unsafe work conditions and lack of caution signs. The best thing we can advise you to do is wear the proper safety equipment. This includes: a hard hat, protective gloves, a safety vest, safety goggles or eye protection, thick socks, and safety/work boots.
What should someone do if they’ve been injured at a construction site?
If the injury is severe, you should seek immediate medical attention. Once you have been seen by a medical provider, you should contact your employer to report the incident if it has not already been done. The employer should have a worker’s compensation claim set up as soon as possible so that you can schedule a follow up visit from the initial treatment as well as get further treatment scheduled if it is necessary. If you are injured on the job, you should definitely speak to an attorney to be sure that work comp is treating you properly and giving you all that you are entitled to. Your attorney can also check to see if you have a third party claim that could be additional compensation for your injury.
What about road construction and the wrecks that happen in an around construction zones?
Honestly, a lot of auto accidents occur when roads are under construction. Speed limits changes, cones, barricades, workers, and work area lighting are all factors that could easily distract drivers. It’s important to be cautious of your surroundings when driving on or near roadways under construction. Also be aware of which roadways are under construction and maybe find an alternate route to avoid these areas, or to give yourself a better estimate as to how much of a delay the construction may cause so you can adjust your daily routine accordingly.
How can someone reach you if they have questions?
They can call 300-2000, go to GreenePhillips.com, or stop by our office. You never need an appointment and you owe us nothing unless we get you money.