Physical labor jobs in Virginia are prone to some of the worst accidents, even with proper training and attention. The situation is exacerbated when heavy machinery and vehicles are involved. To stand a better chance of protecting yourself, you should know the common accidents to expect and what to do if the unfortunate happens.
Most common types of construction vehicle accidents on worksites
- Back-over accidents: This occurs when a construction vehicle backs over a worker who is in its path.
- Roll-over accidents: A construction vehicle can overturn, crushing or trapping a worker driving it.
- Side-impact collisions: This accident occurs when a vehicle strikes a construction worker from the side.
What you need to do if injured in a construction vehicle accident
Get medical help right away. Go get checked by a doctor even if your injury seems minor. Some injuries like internal bleeding may not be immediately apparent but can cause grievous consequences.
Be sure to notify your employer. This can come before or after getting the medical help you need depending on the severity of your injury. You have up to 30 days from the day the accident happened to give your employer a written notice of your injuries and how the event transpired.
Next, start your claim filing process. You deserve to get workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical bills, lost income while receiving treatment, vocational rehabilitation, etc. Complete the claim for benefits form and submit it to Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Injuries are bound to happen at a construction site. Your goal should be to do everything to prevent them from happening. However, if they occur, act fast to get the help and benefits you need for recovery.