The Hazards of Construction – Workers Injured on the Job

On Tuesday, August 1st, Richmond Fire crews were sent to a construction sight in Church Hill to rescue a construction worker that had become trapped on the job site.

The worker was pouring cement when the ground gave out under the truck’s outriggers, causing a boom truck to fall. He was struck by the truck, knocked down, and trapped by rebar. After using a 30 foot ladder to reach the man and pull him out of his precarious situation, rescuers transported him to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Safety and health professionals work around the clock to insure worker safety on job sites. In the past 40 years, construction accidents and fatalities have fallen by 7%. However, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration 3% of construction workers will be in an accident every year. The four biggest dangers construction workers face are: falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and crush injuries.

Working in a manual labor field is hard work, and sometimes accidents can happen. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury while working on the job, contact the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at ReidGoodwin to assist you with your claim.