Construction sites are complex work environments. They involve workers completing jobs in a variety of tricky situations such as changing weather conditions, working in confined spaces, low-light, on elevated structures, operating heavy machinery, and using potentially dangerous equipment. The fact that they work so closely to moving traffic, pedestrians and other passers-by makes construction site accidents a high risk for everyone including people who are passing by on foot, on a bike, or in a vehicle.

Construction Conditions & Accidents

It is a fact that many construction workers are injured or die on the job each year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates around 20% of work-related deaths are construction related.) Construction workers notoriously work in dangerous conditions that expose them to a greater risk of being injured by: The negligence of another person, by using unsafe equipment, after missing protections, or by working in unsafe, hazardous environments that have an excess of unsafe conditions. Yet, it’s important to understand that not all construction related accidents have to do with construction workers. (work-related)

Around Construction Sites Be Aware Of:

• Potholes or Manholes
• Entrapment or Collapsing Ground or Walls
• Electrocution
• Slippery or Oily Surfaces
• Falling Debris or equipment

Construction During COVID-19

Because it is considered “essential infrastructure,” Wisconsin construction work has been unrestricted and allowed to proceed, even while many businesses and places of employment had to close due to COVID-19. This means that construction personnel have been out there working, and dangers still exist. We hope that safety precautions are prompted and always top of mind. Unfortunately, accidents often happen due to negligence, or the lack of protection for workers, pedestrians, or drivers.

Injured In A Construction-Related Accident

Any time a person suffers an injury caused by the negligent action or inaction of another party, there is potential for a personal injury lawsuit. Recovering money for damages is the ultimate goal of a personal injury case; it’s intended to compensate accident victims for the harm and discomfort they have experienced. If you have been injured in a construction related accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages. Depending upon the severity of your injury, damages could include physical emotional or mental pain and suffering, loss of property, wages, or earning potential, medical bills, or even wrongful death.

Additional Resources:
• Engineering & construction news during & after COVID-19, including OSHA updates specific to our region visit http://www.ENR.com/Midwest
• WisDOT construction projects visit http://www.WisconsinDOT.gov
• Filing a lawsuit because you’ve been badly injured in a construction related accident, either as a worker, pedestrian, or commuter, visit https://www.actionlawoffices.com/free-case-evaluation/ & request your free consult with an accident attorney.

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