The construction industry is one of the most common careers in which injuries are sustained. This is partially due to the amount of physical labor that is involved in this kind of job and also partially due to the requirement to manage heavy machinery and equipment while on a job site. If you or someone you know works in construction, here are some of the most common injuries types that you should be aware of so that you can avoid them in the future.
Many construction injuries are caused by falling objects onto workers or workers falling themselves from higher parts of a building. This can lead to broken bones, lacerations, and concussions. This is why hard hats and safety equipment is something that a worker should always have available when on site. Another common form of injury for construction workers is the kind caused by a repetitive motion. When a worker is doing the same physical motion every day, such as operating a jackhammer, those muscles and bones can be worn down and cause painful injuries. These don’t happen at one particular moment, but instead, build over time and they are still covered under workers compensation claims.
Besides impact and repetitive damages, injuries to internal organs can occur while on the construction job as well. For example, inhaling dangerous chemicals and dust can lead to respiratory problems and diseases. Always follow proper safety procedures when handling potential toxins such as these. Finally, heat stroke is a large problem for construction workers, particularly those in warmer climates. To key to avoiding this sort of injury is to always stay hydrated and take breaks whenever possible.
No matter the kind of injury that is inflicted while a construction worker is on the job, that worker has the absolute right to a safe working environment. If any kind of injury is sustained while on the job, the injured worker has the ability to seek financial compensation for this injury to help for medical expenses through the worker’s compensation program. If the employer refuses, then it is time to consult an attorney who will help you fight for this right and see your case won. To learn more about how the Franco Law Firm can serve you in this capacity, please call us at (813) 872-0929.