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Challenges facing women in construction

Illinois women working in the construction business face many of the same challenges as their male peers when it comes to safety in the workplace. However, there are some difficulties that are unique to women construction workers that put them at risk for suffering a workplace accident.

What dangers do power tools pose to you on a worksite?

If you are a construction worker, you probably use power tools on a daily basis. Because their use is so commonplace, it may be easy to forget that such tools can be quite hazardous in some circumstances. Being aware of the inherent dangers power tools pose may prevent you or a coworker from becoming seriously injured.

Construction dangers in highway work zones

Other recent posts in this blog have discussed the hazards related to construction work, and how this industry is one of the most dangerous in the country. In addition to those who build homes and offices in Illinois, construction workers in highway work zones face numerous risks. Road work zones, in fact, are some of the most dangerous places for construction workers to be.

Falling objects create risk for construction workers and others

At Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, our attorneys have seen the devastating results of construction accidents and how they affect Illinois workers and their families. In previous posts recently, we've discussed some of the most common types of construction accidents, ranging from falls to electrical mishaps. These are by far not the only way for construction workers to be injured. Accidents resulting from falling objects may not occur as often, but they are no less dangerous or deadly.

Electricity: one of the most common dangers in construction

Construction is known as one of the country's most dangerous industries to work for. Construction workers in Illinois face dangers from numerous sources, including electricity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 78 electricians were fatally injured on the job across the country in 2014, an increase by 14 from the previous year. In fact, 9 percent of fatal workplace injuries among contracted workers involved electricity in 2014.

How dangerous are nail guns?

Sixty-eight percent of the estimated 37,000 people who seek medical care each year for a serious injury due to nail gun use are professional workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nail gun injuries on construction sites in Illinois and elsewhere are due to at least one of seven distinct risks. The two most common occur when the nail gun double fires, causing the gun to discharge a nail unintentionally, or because a safety mechanism was disabled or failed to work.

The dangers of excavations on construction sites

At Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects a construction site accident had on victims or their families. Construction is widely known as one of the most dangerous industries for those in Illinois, as well as the rest of the country. If you are a construction worker, you probably already know many of the dangers you face on a daily basis.

Construction deaths frequently caused by safety violations

The construction industry is a dangerous job. As such, those who work in construction need to be professional, understand the risks and take measures to prevent an accident. The lawyers at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC have seen how a construction site accident can devastate a family. We understand the complexities of workers' compensation law in Illinois to give you the best chance of getting the compensation you need after a construction accident.

How can repetitive motion injuries be prevented in construction?

Despite the fact that construction workers generally undergo extensive training in order to perform their jobs in accordance with state and federal safety guidelines, there are still a number of work-related hazards they may not know how to prevent. For instance, some aspects of your work that involve repetitive movements can cause serious injuries even though they may seem relatively safe. That is why it is so important for you and other construction workers to be able to identify repetitive motion injury risks, as well as how they can be prevented.

Three construction workers injured in fall from scaffold

Falls are the most common reason for fatalities in construction site accidents. Illinois construction workers are vulnerable as well as those in the rest of the country. On Oct. 2, 2014, a ladder-jack scaffold platform broke under three workers while they were performing roofing work causing them to fall from a height of two stories. Two were admitted to the hospital with serious injuries, and one was given outpatient treatment and released.

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