Construction work can be very dangerous, not only for the construction workers themselves, but also for drivers. It is important to know safety tips and regulations in case you become a victim of a construction zone injury.
As a construction worker, you could be standing on a scaffold that collapses or you could be standing on the ground when something falls from a tall height. It is very important to always put on the proper safety gear to begin with. With the proper safety gear, you can potentially bring the risk of an injury down. If you are working on a construction site, make sure you have a hard hat on and a harness if you are working with heights. Other important safety equipment to wear includes protective gloves, safety vests, goggles or other eye protection, thick socks, and work boots. Even with all of this on, you want to make sure you are being aware of your surroundings and properly communicating with your coworkers to maintain the safest environment possible.
In the event that an injury does occur at a construction site, notify your employer and seek medical attention immediately. Once you have met with your medical provider, you need to inform your employer to report the incident. 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 necessary. If you were working when the injury occurred, you should speak with an attorney to be sure that worker’s compensation is treating you properly and giving you all that you are entitled to. Your attorney can also check to see if you have any other viable claims that could be additional compensation for your injury.
It can also be dangerous to drive through a construction site. There could be a change in speed limits, cones, barricades, workers, and work area lighting that could easily distract drivers. It is important to be cautious of your surroundings when driving on or near roadways under construction. Also be aware of which roadways are under construction; there might be an alternate route to avoid the areas.
There is constantly construction in new places around the city. That is why it is important to know these tips when driving through a construction zone. If you’ve been injured on a construction site, we encourage you to reach out to a personal injury attorney today. The lawyers at Greene & Phillips are available by phone 24/7, or you can stop by our office during normal business hours. We are located at 51 North Florida Street in Mobile.