Construction workers in South Carolina face many workplace dangers each day, which is why it is essential for them to be familiar with the workers’ compensation benefits that may be available to them when they have been harmed on the job. Unfortunately, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, making it especially important for construction workers and their families to be familiar with protections available to them.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the single leading cause of injuries and death in the construction industry are falls from scaffolding, ladders and roofs. When scaffolds are carelessly built, or do not comply with standards, they can collapse, resulting in injuries and fatalities to construction workers. As a result, construction workers and their families must be familiar with workers’ compensation options after a fall on the job that has resulted in harm.
Workers injured in workplace falls can suffer permanent injuries and harm as a result. Fortunately, personal injury protections are available to help them with the costs of their injuries which can help with medical costs and lost wages. In addition, death benefits may also be available to help surviving family members when a loved one has been killed in a fatal construction fall or another type of fatal workplace accident. In some circumstances, if a third party was responsible for the harm suffered by the injured worker, personal injury protections, options and damages may also be available.
Sometimes, the workers’ compensation process can be challenging and complex during a difficult time for injured workers and their families. Trained guidance can help workers and their families navigate the process to better help them obtain the badly-needed benefits.