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Construction injuries: What are the most common causes of site related injuries?

Of the more than 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries reported to the CDC, more than 9% were related to the construction industry. With dangerous equipment, long hours, more stringent physical requirements, and a less safe work environment it comes as no surprise that the construction sector faces a greater risk of worker accident and injury resulting in disability.

Types of construction work-related injuries

While construction workers can suffer from a variety of injuries that occur on the job, some of the most common are:

  • Burns
  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Head Injuries
  • Eye Injuries
  • Vision Loss
  • Joint Sprains
  • Hearing Damage or Loss
  • Paralysis or Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Head and Brain Trauma
  • Amputations
  • Toxic Exposure

Common causes of construction worker injuries

Worker related injuries can be a result of numerous issues, such as equipment failure or heavy physical work outdoors. Some of the more common causes of the above worker related injuries include:

Falls

One of the common and often most severe injuries on the job site is falls. Annually more than 22 percent of all reported construction-related injuries are linked to falls. Construction workers work on high scaffolding, ladders, roofs, and cranes, sometimes working at extreme heights. Falls from such heights can result in death or significant back, neck, or head injuries.

Equipment-related injuries

Much of the equipment used on construction sites would be considered dangerous equipment that should only be operated by workers who are properly trained. Small equipment such as nail guns, sledgehammers, and sanders can result in critical injuries to both those using them as those in the nearby vicinity. Heavy equipment used on sites such as backhoes and cranes can result in severe worksite accident and can even lead to worker related fatalities.

Respiratory disease

Respiratory illnesses such as Asbestosis, Black Lung, and Silicosis can result in long-term disability and even death due to exposure to silica, asbestos, and other products used in building and remodeling material. Additionally, exposure to dust particles throughout the day can result in chronic respiratory problems such as pneumoconiosis.

Fractures and crush injuries from building collapse

Buildings being renovated or under new construction can suddenly become unstable, resulting in a building collapse. Compound fractures and bone crush injuries from a building collapse are severe and result in long term injuries or disability.

Electrocution

Exposed or incomplete wiring at construction sites can lead to electrocution of workers in charge of electrical as well as other workers who may be in the area of the wiring problem.

Lacerations, torn muscles and fractures from falling objects

During construction workers will be utilizing and moving tools up and down the building. When tools, scaffolding, building materials, or support beams become loose and fall from a height, it can result to head injuries to workers who are below.

Repetitive motion injuries

Construction work is a career that requires extreme physical skills and stamina. Even workers who are in great physical shape can suffer injuries from repetitive lifting and tool operations such as back injuries and muscle or joint damage.

Heat stroke

With construction being most prevalent during the spring and summer months, risk of overheating while working increases. Combine that with extreme physical labor and construction safety clothing, and you may find workers suffering from overheating on particularly warm days. While initial results of overheating may be dizziness and lightheadedness, long-term overheating can result in damage to the kidneys, brain, and heart.

Burns, smoke inhalation from fires and explosions

Construction sites can be home to leaking pipes, wiring hazards, and flammable material, which all can lead to an increased risk of fire or explosions on a job site. Construction sites can be particularly dangerous in the event of fire as many workers may be higher up and have difficulty getting off the building quickly and safely.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a work-related construction accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation for your injury. Contact legal counsel to learn more about your rights under the law and what type of settlement you may be entitled to.

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