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Workers’ compensation: Lone construction workers face many risks

| Dec 19, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

California workers in the construction industry are near the top of the list of most dangerous occupations. When they work on projects in remote locations, the risks are even higher. Compliance with prescribed safety standards is crucial, even though they are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Furthermore, frequent communication with lone workers can ensure prompt medical care in the event of a workplace accident.

Safety authorities have identified the most significant occupational hazards in the construction industry. They named them the “Fatal Four.” These hazards include falling from heights, electrocution, struck-by risks, and being crushed or caught in the moving parts of machinery. Reportedly, more than half of all fatal construction site accidents were fall-related.

Electrical hazards are present on all construction sites, both at ground level and also where overhead power lines are present. Construction workers must be alert because there will always be the risk of severe burn injuries and electrocution. Struck-by accidents also form a significant percentage of all construction site accidents, and whenever there is excavation work to be done, the threat of cave-ins is real. A collapsing trench wall can cause a construction worker’s death in the blink of an eye.

Employers in California are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, and in the event of a workplace injury, employers must provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage. An attorney with experience in this field of the law can provide valuable support and guidance throughout the benefits claims process. Compensation typically covers medical expenses and lost wages, and workers whose injuries caused permanent disabilities might receive additional benefits.