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Slips and falls, power tools and repetitive motion injuries

As a construction worker, the fast-paced environment is what you live for. That and the ability to see your hard work come to life.

Despite the many benefits of working in construction, you realize one thing to be true: There are also many risks of being part of this industry. It only takes one mistake to cause a job-related accident that puts you in an unenviable position.

Here are three types of construction site accidents to be on the lookout for:

  • Slip and fall. This can happen for many reasons, such as debris that is left on a construction site or a defective ladder that shouldn't be in use. Regardless of if you fall on the ground or from height, you could suffer a serious injury.
  • Power tool accident. Power tools are a great way to do a more efficient and effective job. Unfortunately, the use of these tools can also cause a serious injury.
  • Repetitive motion injuries. These injuries don't set in right away, but are instead a result of completing the same tasks, one day after the next.

All of these types of construction site accidents can change the way you live. In some cases, your injury may keep you away from your job.

If this happens, you need to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. When you do this, you hope that you'll begin to receive benefits until you're able to return to work.

If your claim is denied for any reason, maybe because your employer fights back, you should learn more about the appeals process. This can slow you down, but it doesn't mean you'll never receive benefits in the future.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Construction Injury Types," accessed Jan. 11, 2018

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