Construction accidents can happen in a variety of ways. Sometimes they are caused by the equipment. In some cases, they are caused by electrical issues, falls or heights.

A construction worker was recently injured while installing air conditioning units at Lenoir-Rhyne University, a private liberal arts school located in Hickory. The construction accident happened just before noon on March 15. 

It is unknown exactly how the accident occurred, but the worker suffered injuries to his head and body.  He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. The man was not an employee of the university, but rather a contract employee working on the HVAC system for the school’s Shuford Gymnasium.

After conducting a preliminary investigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Division decided that a full investigation would not be needed. After talking to those involved in the accident, the agency determined that human error and other factors were involved. A full investigation would have taken as long as six months.

Common Construction Accidents

Construction workers can become injured at any given moment. Some common accidents on job sites include the following:

  • Falls from heights. A building may be many stories high, and it’s not uncommon for workers to fall off ladders or ledges.
  • Slips and falls. Water, holes, debris and tools can all lead to slips and falls.
  • Falling objects. Beams, tools, lumber and other objects may fall and hit workers below.
  • Machinery accidents. It is not uncommon for construction workers to get hit by tractors or get hurt by misuse of power tools.
  • Explosions. Construction sites often have electrical and gas systems in place, and these can cause explosions and even full-blown fires.
  • Electrocutions. Again, with electrical systems in place, exposed wires and power lines can come into contact with workers, causing electrical shock.
  • Trench collapses. Trenches are often needed for pipes and other underground materials. If a worker is in a trench, he faces the risk of collapse, which means that he could be hit by tools or buried underneath dirt.
  • Caught-between accidents. With so many heavy equipment and materials found on a job site, a worker can easily get caught between machinery or even large immobile objects.

Contact a High Point Construction Accident Lawyer Today

Construction is a dangerous industry, with accidents happening often. With so many elements in play, construction workers often face serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident, the personal injury attorneys at McAllister, Aldridge & Kreinbrink PLLC can help. We can discuss liability issues and help you obtain compensation for damages. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation by calling (336) 882-4300.