The job of ironworkers is physically demanding and dangerous. Tens of thousands of steelworkers get injured, and hundreds die in construction work accidents every year. Ironworkers work at high levels, which makes them vulnerable to fall accidents. They are also exposed to certain chemical elements, which are a hazard to human health.
Construction workers must pay attention to safety procedures to avoid unexpected workplace accidents and injuries. It is a must for employers to provide the employees with safety belts and other equipment and train the workers for their job type. If you were injured while working, speak to an attorney for construction accident help.
What are the dangers faced by ironworkers?
Ironworkers typically work with heavy materials and sharp equipment. This is why these workers are required to be physically fit for the job and maintain their balance on high elevation. Here are some common injuries ironworkers suffer from at the construction site:
Falling is one of the most common accidents at construction sites, and a large number of the victims are ironworkers. When working several feet above the ground, ironworkers risk losing their balance, slipping or tripping, and falling on the ground. They can fall due to ice or snow as well. The injuries are even more significant when they fall on construction site debris.
Ironworkers have to work with sharp metal equipment, which, if not handled properly, can result in painful cuts and even cause the loss of a limb or hand. Cutting accidents can also occur when the equipment malfunctions, in which case the employer may be liable. Cuts can result in infections, stitches, and even permanent damage.
Falling from a great height can result in severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injury and concussions. While most people do not think seriously about a concussion, many research studies have shown that concussions can permanently damage the brain and its cognitive functioning.
Burns are not uncommon among ironworkers. Workers who weld regularly are at great risk of suffering a severe burn because the welding equipment can get very hot. Third-degree burns, scorched hands, flying sparks, and eye injuries are life-impacting injuries.
The employer must provide every ironworker with protective equipment like protective goggles, clothing, and footwear to minimize damage as much as possible. If you were injured because your employer was negligent, you deserve compensation. Speak to an attorney today.