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Injuries at construction sites in Minnesota

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2022 | Construction Workers' Accidents, Workers' Compensation |

Numerous workers perform several tasks at a construction site. Welders, electricians, truck drivers, and crane operators may join others to work on the project. Every worker at a Minnesota construction site must be careful to avoid injuries. Some common injuries could be hard to prevent, though.

Common injuries

Workers at construction sites face many hazards that could cause them to slip and fall. They might also get hit by falling objects or caught under or between machinery. Their injuries might range from minor to severe, depending on the specifics.

Workers also run the risk of punctures or lacerations from using tools. In addition, improperly maintained tools or safety equipment might increase the chances of getting hurt.

A construction site may place workers near electrical wires or hot surfaces. So, electrocution and burn-related injury risks exist. In addition, chemical burns and respiratory issues from inhaling toxic fumes may occur.

Vehicles moving around a construction site could hit a worker. In addition, when a construction project occurs near traffic, a reckless driver might commit a moving violation that hits someone on the job.

Workers might suffer problems that don’t necessarily derive from reckless accidents. For example, a worker might lift a heavy object and suffer an immediate sprain. Others might discover their bodies suffer from cumulative stress, as might be the case with back problems.

Workers’ compensation

Persons hurt on the job could report their injuries to an employer and file a workers’ compensation claim. A successful workers’ comp claim could allow the employee to collect benefits while recovering.

Initial denials may happen, though. The reason for rejection may vary, and some insurers might suggest the accident occurred outside of the job or is not covered under workers’ comp rules. On the other hand, a claimant might point out the facts related to the injury and establish the claim’s legitimacy. Providing concrete evidence during the appeals process may overcome doubts about the lawsuit.

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