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5 common construction accidents young workers face

There are many kinds of construction accidents that take place, from tripping and falling to electrical burns. When you're new to the business, you're at a higher risk of injury. You know less than those who have been working longer, so it's important you receive the correct training. It's your employer's job to make sure you stay safe on the job. Here are five common injuries that young workers face.

1. Electrocutions

Construction sites have many open electrical circuits. Sometimes, because the area is under construction, these circuits must to perform work on them. When it's not turned off correctly or when a person doesn't wear the right protective gear, it can lead to a serious electrical injury.

2. Getting caught in objects

When workers are new, they need to learn about workplace attire to prevent being caught in objects. For example, if you work near a spinning blade, you want to make sure not to wear clothing that could become wrapped around the blades. If that happens, you could end up with lacerations or require amputation for serious injuries.

3. Vehicular accidents

When you're new on the job, you may not understand the routes drivers take in the field. Perhaps large trucks drive around the site to pour concrete or to move items. It's important to stay out of the way, to understand hand signals and to monitor where these vehicles are at all times. Not making yourself stand out to the driver could result in an accident.

4. Crushing injuries

Crushing injuries are another serious risk on the job. Whether a large vehicle crushes you as it backs up or a machine that stamps down materials crushes your hand, the injury could lead to broken bones, the need for amputations or other related injuries.

5. Explosions

Explosions take place when materials that should not come into contact do, when pressures rise rapidly and in other circumstances. Anyone working with pressurized systems needs to understand emergency procedures to reduce pressure quickly. Those working with chemicals or materials that could explode need proper training to handle those materials. Failing to train a worker correctly could lead to burns, lacerations and other injuries.

Your attorney can help you file a workers' compensation claim if you're hurt on the job. Even if you just started on the job today, it's your right to have those benefits paid to you if you're injured due to negligence or other factors at work.

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