Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C.
Phone: 608-821-4600 | Toll Free: 1-800-817-3729
contact Menu

Your Case Start To Finish

Struck-by accidents among the deadliest in construction

If you work construction in Wisconsin, you already know how important it is to take every precaution to protect yourself from worksite accidents. Even more important than using appropriate protective equipment, preventing injuries begins with thorough training and scrupulous caution.

Construction accidents result in thousands of injuries and fatalities each year, leaving workers to re-evaluate their lives, and families to cope with unspeakable loss. While falling is the number one cause of injury on worksites, the second is struck by accidents. These result in nearly 800 deaths a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Multiple kinds of struck-by accidents

Because your job requires you to be surrounded by heavy equipment, sharp objects and dangerous tools, you do not have the luxury of distraction or impairment. If you aren't on your game, accidents may happen. The broadest category of hazards is the struck-by accident. On the average construction site, you are at risk of being struck and injured by objects that roll, fall, swing or fly.

Rolling objects include large machinery operated by workers who may not be able to see you. If you are unable to see the face of the driver, chances are he or she does not know that you are there. In such cases, you are in danger, especially if the equipment, such as a backhoe or large truck, is coming around a corner. If you are operating machinery, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and to never overload your vehicle in such a way that your view is blocked.

Danger all around

Other examples of struck-by hazards include the following:

  • Objects that drop from work areas overhead, such as tools falling from scaffolding
  • Debris or construction materials that fall from high work areas
  • Objects that slip or move as a machine lifts them, such as a crane or forklift
  • Objects such as cranes or hanging loads that may swing or move
  • Blades or rods that come loose from saws or lathes
  • Nail guns that send nails penetrating through thin walls or wood

Most of the time, struck-by accidents are preventable with safety protocol in place, careful inspection of equipment and attention to every aspect of the task at hand. However, even if you are cautious on the job, you never know when someone else's negligence will result in injuries to you. When this happens, you have access to financial support through workers' compensation. You also have recourse to legal assistance from the moment you seek benefits through your employer's insurance.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Tell Us About Your Injury

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

8500 Greenway Blvd
Suite 103
Middleton, WI 53562

Toll Free: 800-817-3729
Phone: 608-821-4600
Fax: 608-821-4610
Middleton Law Office Map