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Construction work safety and hazards

Minnesota workers who have been employed in the construction industry likely know that the work is far safer in 2017 than is was in the 1970s. However, even with the increase in safety, construction workers still face major risks every time they go to work. In fact, about 937 workers lost their lives in 2015, making it the deadliest year for construction workers since 2008.

According to a report from Associated General Contractors of America, the construction industry has been on the rise. In fact, approximately 75 percent of the major construction firms reported that they had plans to employ more workers in 2017. While this means more people will obtain work, construction employers may have a harder time finding skilled workers. In some cases, employers have turned to workers who may not have the skills that are needed, potentially leading to injuries and construction fatalities.

To prevent injuries and potential fatalities, safety training is incredibly important. The four main hazards that new workers should learn about are electrocution, falls, being struck or being caught in or between another object. Some contracting companies pair new hires with more experienced hires as a way to give them further on-the-job training.

If a construction worker suffers an injury after falling or getting struck by a piece of equipment, they may be eligible to seek workers' compensation benefits. An attorney may help the injured employee take the proper steps in reporting the injury and filing for benefits. The benefits should fully cover the injured worker's medical costs that are directly associated with the workplace accident. If the benefits do cover the medical expenses and a portion of the employee's income, the attorney may appeal the benefits. If the employee still does not receive their benefits, the attorney may assist with filing a lawsuit against the employer.

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