The six most common construction injuries

Construction injuries are not something that anyone ever expects. They jolt employers, workers and families out of their daily routines and can throw lives into chaos. If you or someone you care about has experienced a construction-related injury, know that you are not alone. Millions of injuries occur in these work settings each year. Here are six of the most common construction injuries that take place.

Crush injuries

Heavy equipment such as semi trucks are often the culprit with these damaging injuries. Vehicle operators may not see workers behind them when they back up, crushing workers between two hard surfaces such as a concrete wall and a large vehicle.

Falls

Construction workers are often on the tops of buildings, scaffolds, ladders and roofs, putting them at risk of falls. 

Repetitive motion injuries

It comes as no surprise that construction work can be very demanding on the body. Day in and day out, workers lift heavy objects, are out in extreme cold and heat and do various work-related movements repeatedly. This commonly causes injuries that, in some cases, can become severe. Repetitive motion injuries can cause a worker's quality-of-life to deteriorate rapidly and make it difficult for them to work.

Equipment injuries

Equipment injuries range from minor to severe in nature. Nail guns and forklifts can cause injuries, for instance. Sometimes, equipment has not been maintained properly and this results in injury. The company you are working for or the manufacturer of the product you are using is at fault, in some cases. If you think this may be true of your situation, speaking with a personal injury lawyer will help you better decide what to do next.

Injuries from falling objects

At times, objects that are being moved or stored above workers give way, causing injury. The falling objects may consist of tools or materials that were not secured properly. Even with the use of hardhats, serious injury can occur. Some of the more common injuries of this nature include spinal and brain injury.

Injuries from collapsing structures

Collapsing structures that cause injury result from unsafe conditions in the construction or demolition of buildings or when trenches give way. Injuries from collapsing accidents can lead to serious injury or even death. Often, even if the direct cause of the accident cannot be determined, construction workers can still be compensated.

Whatever injury you or your loved one has suffered on a construction site, it's important to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer who can help you pursue the maximum possible compensation for your recovery.

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