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High levels of construction work mean risks from mobile cranes

Construction is at an all-time high in the U.S. right now, and simple exposure means that injuries and financial losses will follow. This week, we're talking about the risks associated with mobile cranes.

2 workers hurt when crane boom contacts high-voltage power line

Three contractors have been cited for serious and willful violations after they allowed work to continue around live power lines. The high-voltage lines were scheduled to be buried, but instead of waiting for that work to be complete, the companies continued to allow work near and around the lines. Tragically, a crane boom came into contact with the lines and some 14 kilovolts shot down the hoist line directly to two men working below. They suffered severe electrical injuries.

Workplace fatalities: A breakdown of 2015

Workplace fatalities are always tragic. The loss of life is nothing to ignore, and families, friends and coworkers are all affected. Hazardous workplaces put employees at risk. Even in dangerous positions, employees deserve to be kept as safe as possible to avoid unnecessary risks.

You can refuse to work in dangerous conditions

You have a right to refuse work that puts you in danger. If you talk to your employer about a situation at work, like an exposed blade or other dangers, your employer should attempt to resolve that issue and keep you safe. If he or she will not address the hazard, then you can issue a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Construction a dangerous industry for workers

If you work in construction, you know that you should be relatively safe, but there are still risks every day on the job. Even if you're safe, there's a risk that others won't be, leading to your injury. If that happens, a workers' compensation claim can help you get the money you need while you recover.

Seek compensation following a workplace accident on scaffolding

Scaffolding is used in construction often; it's estimated that around 65 percent of those in the construction industry use scaffolding regularly. Scaffolding-related accidents can cause serious harm or death, so it's important for safety protocols to be used in the workplace.

Workers' compensation denied? You can appeal your case

If your workers' compensation claim was denied, you may think you can't do anything about it. That's not true; in fact, you can appeal the denial and work with your attorney to have your claim approved and paid to you from the date of injury. You shouldn't lose any income as a result of a bad review of your case.

Worker falls from bridge above Gallants Channel

Construction is a dangerous field. The days in the summer are hot, and that can lead to dehydration and other concerns. Sudden weather changes, safety hazards and other issues can also affect your ability to do your job safely.

Are work zone accidents often transportation related?

Highway work zone safety is an important part of preventing accidents, injuries and deaths. Preventing worker injuries can mean fewer lost lives and more work days saved, which means there is better productivity and safer roads for everyone.

1 killed, 1 injured in construction accident on Interstate 95

Construction accidents affect more than just the person who's injured; the person's family may also feel the impact of the injuries their loved one is dealing with. When a loved one is killed in a construction accident, the entire dynamic of a family can be altered. Now, there may be a loss of companionship, the loss of a father or husband, wife or mother. The family's income can be affected, and medical bills and funeral costs can quickly add up. In that situation, most families seek compensation through workers' compensation death benefits.

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