You will likely face a variety of hazards on a New Jersey construction site that can cause serious injuries or death. The most common types that you’ll experience include stress caused by repetitive motion, falls and workplace violence. The most common types of injuries that construction workers incur include muscle tears, bone fractures and lacerations.
Fractures tend to keep workers out the longest
If you break a bone in your arm, leg or neck, you can expect to be out of work for multiple weeks. In the event that you experience multiple fractures, you could be out of work for more than a month. A muscle strain will likely keep you at home for more than 10 days while it will take about five days to fully heal from a laceration.
How you can protect yourself while on the job
There are several steps that you may be able to take to minimize your risk of getting hurt at work. For instance, it’s important that you wear protective equipment when working at heights, in the vicinity of falling objects or in loud environments.
Your employer is required to take steps to keep you safe
Your employer plays a key role in minimizing the risk of construction worker accidents. Ideally, you will receive training on how to properly use ladders, fall protection tools and other safety equipment. Furthermore, your supervisor should be willing to listen to any concerns that you have about working on a particular project.
While workers’ compensation benefits are likely available to you if you are injured, they do not always cover the full amount of your losses. However, if the accident was due to the negligence of a non-employer third party, you might want to discuss with your attorney the feasibility of filing a separate third-party personal injury lawsuit.