Despite the benefits and medical treatment that can typically be obtained through workers' compensation, research shows that construction workers do not always report on-the-job injuries. In findings relevant to workers in Alabama and across The United States, a recent survey showed that more than 25 percent of the injuries that take place on a construction site may not ever be reported. The construction workers surveyed offered a variety of reasons why they let a job-related injury go unreported at one time or another in their careers.
The reasons given most often were that pain was accepted as a normal part of their job or that the injury was small. Some said that they did not want their employers to view them as possible complainers or being weak. Others feared that they might not be hired by a particular employer again if they were to report an injury.
A desire to remain eligible to receive safety incentives or awards also played a role in construction workers not reporting on-the-job injuries. Not being able to take the time off in order to keep a doctor's appointment was another reason given. Several survey respondents also expressed a fear of some manner of retaliation from their employers or co-workers.
Some of the construction workers surveyed said that the filing process and the paperwork requirements were too daunting. Whatever the reason might be for not reporting a construction site injury, it may nevertheless remain in a worker's best interests to overcome the challenges or perceived obstacles and not allow the occurrence to remain unreported. Alabama residents who are injured on the job are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits and there are measures in place to protect employees' financial security and to assist in their recovery -- enlisting the assistance of those who are both knowledgeable and experienced in these matters can make a significant difference in how smoothly and quickly the filing process moves forward.
Source: ishn.com, Why construction workers don't report injuries, No author, Aug. 19, 2013