Ironworkers perform one of the country’s most important yet dangerous jobs – constructing the skeletal infrastructure which supports all of our homes, businesses and industrial buildings; quite literally the backbone of our society. Making and constructing iron is an incredibly hazardous process and can result in permanently harmful injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in an ironworking profession, call the personal injury attorney experts at Altman & Altman LLP today to get started on a process towards compensation.
The reason that ironworking injuries are so common – over 350 accidents and over 35 fatalities were reported in 2013 according to the Department of Labor – is because of the various number of ways in which ironworkers can become injured within the necessities of their job.
In fact, the IronWorkers.org website, which is dedicated to reducing the number of fatalities and injuries in the ironworking field, describes the numerous threats posed to ironworkers as “the deadly dozen activities and hazards.” Included in the list of ways ironworkers may be injured are:
- Falls from heights due to lack of fall protection or through unsecured floor coverings or roof decking during construction
- Crushing injuries from collapse of unsecured steel joists, or when mechanical failures cause bolts to move or rupture, causing collapses of support columns or other major structures
- Injuries during handling of materials during hoisting, placing or maneuvering of iron
- Struck-by injuries involving tools, pieces of material or falling debris
- Caught-between injuries involving hoisting or rigging accidents
- Impalements from protruding rebar or other vertical projections during falls
- Risk of electrocution from high-power machines and lines during construction
- Heat sickness from overwork
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials during site work
Any one of these types of incidents can lead to life-altering injuries which result in huge medical expenses and an inability to work and support yourself and your family. Following a serious ironworking injury, you may be unsure of what steps to take, or what rightful compensation you are entitled to. At Altman & Altman, we specialize in helping you through the injury recovery process and have over 50 years of experience doing right by our clients.
We will ensure that you are able to receive access to your legally guaranteed right to workers’ compensation payments for the duration of your injury and recovery, and will hold any third part responsible if they contributed to you sustaining the injury. If you are cut off from your guaranteed benefits, we will pursue the matter aggressively in court to figure out why and remedy the situation.
Perhaps you were given a faulty or old harness before being sent to work on a tall structure, and fell as a result. Maybe you were forced to work in the hot sun for many hours at a time without adequate breaks for water or to cool down and suffered a heat stroke. Regardless of what type of injury you endure, the professional injury attorneys at Altman & Altman will be able to assess the situation and figure out the best route forward.
When you are injured while working hard to support yourself and your family, the last thing you need to worry about is paperwork, insurance companies and trying to juggle your financial situation while you recover. Allow us to handle the legwork and provide a sense of comfort knowing that you have a truly knowledgeable and helpful team on your side while you focus on getting better.
Call the law offices of Altman & Altman LLP at 617.492.3000, or toll-free at 800.481.6199, today for a free consultation to go over the details of your case. We are local in Cambridge and throughout Massachusetts, and are available 24/7.