Ironworker Injured at Work
Iron workers face a serious risk of life altering injuries everyday. Burn injuries from welding accidents and catastrophic fall injuries are only a few of construction work accidents they face. Workers compensation benefits are available for ironworkers that are injured on the job.
Ironworkers play an integral role in the country’s construction industry. Ironwork is a dangerous profession and each day iron workers risk their health and safety to build and repair the buildings and infrastructure our society relies on.
The risk of harm is present in all aspects of an ironworker’s job including cutting steel, operating cranes, positioning beams, and welding. Iron workers work inside and outside in all kinds of weather. They are on the ground around heavy construction machinery like large flatbed trucks delivering rebar and steel beans to the work-site. They also balance themselves on high exposed I-beans as they guide cranes hoisting rebar and steel frames into place high above the skyline. There are only a few jobs that are more dangerous than erecting these massive steel frames.
Statistics compiled by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration conclude that iron work is the fourth more dangerous profession in the United States with a fatality rate of 46.9 deaths among each 100,000 full-time workers.
Employers, contractors and subcontractors must follow OSHA and other safety regulations to ensure every precaution is taken to reduce the safety risks iron workers are faced with on a daily basis. There are a variety of ways in which iron workers are injured on the job, including the following:
- Column collapses due to anchor bolt failure
- Crush injuries
- Crane Accidents
- Electrical wiring hazards
- Falls from ladders, scaffolding, and other significant heights. This is a significant risk because many iron workers operate from elevated heights
- Inadequate fall safety measures
- Floor cave-ins
- Defective tools
- Exertion injuries due to lifting heavy equipment and material
- Falling objects that strike workers
- Flying shards and sparks
- Impalement on vertical projections like rebar
- Inhalation of toxic fumes
- Slip and fall accidents
- Tripping over equipment on rebar grids
- Welding related accidents
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Safety Precautions to Reduce the Risk of Workplace Injuries to Ironworkers
To combat the risk of these accidents occurring, employers should periodically inspect the work site to make sure that conditions are safe for iron workers as well as make sure that workers are provided with adequate safety gear.
When accidents occur on the job site, metal workers are most often injured in the following ways:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cuts and lacerations
- Eye injuries
- Neck and spinal injury
- Nerve damage
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Sprains and strains
Massachusetts Ironworker Workmans’ Comp Claims Attorneys
Our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys are able to secure the following benefits for injured workers and their families when workers sustain injuries for accidents that occur within the scope of the workers employment: Partial disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, permanent and total disability benefits, death benefits, scarring and disfigurement benefits.
If you are an ironworker or metalworker who was injured on the job, do not hesitate to contact our Boston work injury lawyer. The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan are a group of Massachusetts work accident attorneys with over 35 years of legal experience. Our legal counsel has helped individuals who have been injured in a number of work site accidents. Call our Brockton work injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
Our workmans’ comp claims and personal injury lawyers assist accident victims throughout all of Massachusetts including but not limited to Plymouth County, Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Westport, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, Revere, Dorchester, Roxbury.
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