Working on construction sites in Rhode Island can be a hazardous experience. There are a number of ways that you could potentially get hurt such as being struck by a falling object or by a moving vehicle. Injuries incurred while on the job may result in significant medical bills as well as an uncertain professional future.
Be careful while off the ground
It’s possible that you will be required to work dozens or hundreds of feet above ground for several hours per day. A slip, trip or fall could result in plummeting to the hard surface below. Even if you have safety gear, you could still face the prospect of being suspended in the air for a long period of time. Furthermore, you may still be at risk of being struck by an object either from a higher level or wherever you happen to be. If you do fall or get struck by an object, you will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Remain in communication
In the event that you have to work in a remote or cramped space, be sure to have a phone with you. This ensures that you won’t be stuck on your own if a structure collapses or your get caught in a severe weather event. A phone can also be helpful if your vehicle breaks down while traveling to or from a job site.
If you are hurt while on the job, it’s important to take action quickly. Ideally, you will report the incident and file a workers’ compensation claim within 24 hours of getting hurt. Taking such action may make it harder for your employer to claim that your injuries were caused by another event outside of work.