Workplace accidents are caused by many different factors and happen in many different ways. Fatigue is one of the most common reasons for workplace accidents, especially in Florida where the hot and humid weather can more easily lead to heat stroke and exhaustion. For indoor workers, this isn’t usually too much of a problem, or at the very least is one that be more easily mitigated. In certain professions however, fatigue is even more of a risk that can lead to workplace accidents if not properly taken case of.
Construction is one such field that is a more dangerous environment than normal. Not only do construction workers tend to operate heavy machinery that requires skill and focus to use properly, but they also work outdoors. This is why it is even more important for workers in this field to stay hydrated and take breaks as necessary to prevent fatigue from setting in.
The kind of accidents that can occur on a construction site are even more dangerous that many other professions as well. Heavy equipment can cause serious injury if it strikes someone or someone could more severely be harmed after falling from a taller height. If a worker operating such equipment or on a height becomes fatigued, he or she puts him or herself at great risk, as well as the other workers around.
Even if every safety protocol is followed and health guidelines adhered to, accidents can still occur. If they do and you are injured while on the job, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation from your employer to cover medical expenses related to the injury. If they refuse, you can file a workers’ compensation lawsuit to see these benefits granted to you. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can help and guide you through this process, please call us any time at (813) 872-0929.