Construction site injuries can cause extensive harm to construction workers. Because it is a dangerous industry, construction workers should be familiar with the common types of construction site injuries and also the protections available to them.
Burn injuries can be a common construction site injury type which can be caused by explosions, exposed electrical wiring on a job site and other possible dangers on a job site that can lead to burns and scarring.
Head injuries can be common on construction sites because of falling objects, tools or materials falling from above. Head injuries can also be common for workers who are digging or building from the bottom up. Head injuries construction workers may suffer can include concussions, traumatic brain injuries or lacerations to the head.
Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be suffered typically due to falls. Falls can occur on construction sites off ladders, scaffolding and other heights on construction sites. Spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis and potentially lifelong disabilities.
Cuts and broken bones
Heavy equipment that is common on construction job sites can lead to fractures and broken bones. Falls can also lead to fractures and broken bones. In addition, construction workers can suffer a variety of cuts and lacerations during their work day on a construction site.
Hearing or vision loss
Heavy machinery and other building equipment can cause loud sounds that can injure the hearing of construction workers. Chemicals and other hazards can also lead to vision loss and vision injuries.
Construction work involves many repetitive activities, including lifting, bending or repeated movements. This can lead to repetitive stress injuries.
Victims of construction accidents and construction injuries may have different protections available to them. Workers’ compensation benefits may be available to help them and if a third party is responsible for the injuries they have suffered, additional protections may also be available. Injured construction workers should be familiar with how they can get the help they need when they have been injured on a construction site.