Fatal falls are the biggest risk for construction workers
It’s no secret that construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. What many people may not realize, however, is that the leading cause of construction worker deaths is falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30 percent of construction worker deaths are the result of falls.
Falls occur in all workplaces, but construction sites are especially hazardous. Workers are at risk for injuries from slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents as well as falls from elevated heights, which tend to cause the most serious injuries. In construction work, it is all too common for workers to fall from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.
You and your family will need workers’ compensation after a fall
Falls can cause serious injuries, including:
- Concussions and severe traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
In the most severe cases, brain injuries, organ damage and spinal cord injuries can be fatal.
Due to the physical nature of construction work, any injury may mean that you cannot return to work for months. If your injury is serious, your career in construction may be over.
Connecticut workers’ compensation will cover all of your medical bills from the accident. You will also receive compensation for a portion of your wages if the injury leaves you temporarily or permanently disabled. Families of workers who die from an on-the-job injury can also seek death benefits from workers’ comp.
Receiving sufficient workers’ comp benefits is critical to your well-being. Because the process can be complex, it’s best to speak with a lawyer about your case, especially if your claim was denied.