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Construction work can be a dangerous undertaking no matter where you are working, but it can be especially risky overseas. If you suffer injuries while working construction on a foreign defense project, contact DBA attorneys for help right away. 

Construction is a notoriously risky industry for workers. However, construction projects are an essential part of our lives, and we need people who are willing to take on these potentially dangerous projects. This is also true for foreign national defense projects, as construction is often needed on overseas military bases and other centers of defense operations. 

If you suffered injuries while working construction as a defense contractor overseas, you are likely eligible for benefits under the Defense Base Act (DBA). You should not wait to seek assistance from DBA attorneys to ensure you receive the full benefits you need to cover your injury-related losses. 

Common Construction Accidents

Construction accidents are common, no matter where a job site is located. However, people working domestically have the protection of strict safety regulations that companies should always follow. These regulations and safety standards do not always clearly translate to foreign construction sites, sometimes increasing the risks of accidents and injuries. 

Some common accidents that can result in serious injuries to workers overseas include the following.


Construction work often involves working from high places. This can include:

  1. Ladders 
  2. Roofs
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Cranes

Even with the proper safety guards and equipment, workers can fall from any of these high locations and suffer severe injuries. 

Falling Objects

Even if you might be working on the ground, other people might be working from heights, and they might be using a variety of tools and materials. Heavy objects can easily be dropped from high places and hit people below. 


Many construction projects abroad involve demolition and other needs for explosives. Whenever crews are working with explosives, there is the chance that people might get hit by shrapnel or suffer burns. 

Equipment Malfunctions

Construction work often requires the use of power tools and heavy machinery. Workers might be properly trained on how to safely use this equipment, but that does not prevent the equipment from malfunctioning due to defects. Types of equipment that can malfunction include:

  1. Excavators
  2. Cranes
  3. Bulldozers
  4. Diggers
  5. Power saws
  6. Power drills

These can cause severe injuries, including possible amputations and crush injuries. 

What to Do after an Overseas Construction Accident

If you are injured on the job on an overseas defense contract, you should report the injury and get the medical help you need. Then, always seek help from DBA attorneys who can help protect your rights to compensation for our injuries. Some benefits we seek for clients cover:

  1. All medical treatment costs
  2. Lost wages if your injuries result in missed work
  3. Disability benefits if you are out of work long-term

Speak with Our DBA Attorneys About Your Claim Today

After any type of work-related injury as a defense contractor, you should have the help of Mara Law Firm for your Defense Base Act claim. We understand the complications injured workers face, and we will handle the claim process while you focus on your physical recovery. Call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your rights today.

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