Young people face risks at construction sites

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2022 | Construction Accidents

Young people might not bring a significant amount of experience to a job, but they may bring forth great enthusiasm. Lack of knowledge could contribute to mistakes that lead to injuries. At a hectic New York construction site, even those with significant experience may have difficulty avoiding injuries. For young persons, the difficulties might prove more pronounced.

Young people suffer from injuries

Workplace injury statistics show that young people find themselves experiencing more trips to the emergency room than their older counterparts. A 2010 study conducted by the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reviewed workplace data from 1998 to 2007. The study revealed that 5,719 people between the ages of 15 and 24 died on the job.

Not every accident ends with fatalities, but many incidents lead to injuries. The severity of the injuries varies, but the hazards at a construction site could contribute to the worst ones.

Slip-and-fall accidents might result in anything from minor soreness to broken bones or a fractured skull. Some falls could be from great heights, contributing to workplace deaths. Other mishaps may lead to similar unfortunate outcomes.

Many different construction mishaps

Examples of construction accidents come in many forms. Various vehicles moving around a construction site could hit someone. Electrical wiring presents dangers, as do tools designed for cutting and sawing. A young person not familiar with the risks and hazards may be unable to avoid them or anticipate the dangers.

Construction managers might mitigate problems by increasing training and providing top-quality equipment, but they do not always take such steps. Even when management takes appropriate steps, third-party contractors and visitors might break from protocol, leading to unexpected disasters.

Persons hurt at a construction site could explore options for compensation. A personal injury lawsuit or a workers’ compensation claim are two possibilities.