Construction workers face many job-related hazards that workers in other fields may not face. Because of these unique hazards, it’s important to know the specific types of injuries that are most likely to occur, so that the risks can be mitigated.
Here are some of the most common construction worker injuries and accidents:
- Falls. Because construction workers often work at dangerous heights, the risk of falling is significant, and the injuries that are caused by this type of accident are often severe or even fatal. Construction workers who survive a fall may be left with permanent injuries to their neck or back, resulting in disability.
- Heatstroke. Construction workers are often outside in extreme temperatures for long periods of time, doing very strenuous work. These conditions can easily lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, which may be severe enough to require emergency medical attention. If left untreated, heatstroke can cause seizures, brain damage, and death.
- Hearing loss. The constant noise from machines and power tools can easily reach levels damaging to human ears, and many workers may not notice it until it’s too late. Earplugs should always be worn when operating loud machinery.
- Equipment-related injuries. Sometimes, commonly used tools and machines can injure a worker. Forklifts, bulldozers, or trucks may hit or crush workers if the driver isn’t careful. Even small tools, like nail guns and drills, can malfunction or misfire.
- Strains and overexertion injuries. While common to many work environments, construction work is very strenuous and may pose additional risks to workers. Injuries to muscles, ligaments, and nerves can easily result from overexertion or improper lifting techniques.
- Injuries from environmental hazards. Construction workers may be exposed to harmful or toxic substances. Dust and debris can cause eye injuries, and lung diseases can occur from some substances, such as asbestos.
- Burns. These can be caused by chemicals, but they can also be caused by fires and explosions, which are a very real danger at many construction sites. This type of injury can be life-threatening, and even milder cases can have a long recovery time.
While steps can be taken to prevent some of these injuries, accidents happen regardless, and construction workers face some of the most serious ones. If you’re a construction worker who has been injured on the job, or if you just want to know more about personal injury law, contact our offices for a free consultation. We can be reached by phone, email, or even text message. Reach out today!