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Construction workers: danger is part of job description

The construction industry regularly ranks among the most dangerous businesses in which to earn a living. Coachella Valley construction workers know that their safety depends on a variety of factors: focus on the job at hand by all members of a crew, co-worker training, safety gear and employer dedication to maintaining a safe worksite, among others.

Even when all of those factors are present, construction accidents and injuries still occur in residential construction, road paving, roofing, excavations, demolitions, large-scale painting jobs and commercial structure construction. 

Because construction often involves heavy machinery, on-the-job accidents can result in serious injuries when workers are struck by front-end loaders, cranes, backhoes and bulldozers.

An even more common source of construction injuries, according to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration: falls. They can be falls from ladders, scaffolding, through holes and openings in floors and walls, and other falls from heights.

OSHA notes that roofers and carpenters “confront serious hazards on a regular basis.” Their falls can result in devastating injuries that can require surgeries, long-term physical rehabilitation, and extended periods away from work. One OSHA study of the workers’ compensation costs associated with roofer and carpenter injuries shows that two-thirds of the workers’ comp costs are medical expenses.

In far too many construction injury cases, an employer or their insurer will attempt to deny the employee workers’ comp benefits. Attorneys experienced in this area of California law can help protect a worker’s rights by representing clients in workers' compensation appeals hearings before administrative law judges.

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