Construction workers are much more likely to suffer a workplace injury than people in other professions, because they often work at tall heights, and work with equipment that can cause them harm.
Every year, there are more fatalities in the construction industry than in any other occupation. In fact, there were 937 fatalities in the construction industry in 2015, a four percent increase over the number of deaths in 2014 and the highest number of deaths in seven years.
We think it’s important for construction workers to understand the six most common types of injuries in their industry, so that they can take precautions that could save their lives.
The Leading Injuries Construction Workers Suffer
The leading injuries that occur at construction sites include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – A TBI is any type of trauma to the head that causes damage to the brain, even if that damage only lasts a few minutes. The most common type of TBI is a concussion, which occurs when a person suffers a blow to the head from a physical altercation, a fall or an object. Construction workers often work at heights, which increases their risk of a fall. They can also suffer a TBI from falling construction material that hits their head, even if they are wearing protective gear.
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) – Construction workers who fall from a platform or some other height can suffer an SCI that can result in partial or total paralysis.
- Eye Injury – Construction workers can suffer serious eye injuries from wood chips, metal and gases that they encounter when working on projects.
- Burns – Many construction sites are littered with exposed wiring or flammable chemicals that could catch fire or explode, which can lead to serious first, second and third-degree burns.
- Fractures – When working on scaffolds, cranes and ladders, construction workers who slip and fall can suffer fractures to their arms, legs and torso.
- Deep Cuts and Lacerations – Construction workers can cut themselves on nails or a misfiring or malfunctioning piece of equipment can cause a deep cut or laceration that can require multiple stitches and trigger a workers’ compensation claim if that worker has to miss time on the job while the wound heals.
Protect Your Rights
After you suffer a construction accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against a third party that was responsible for your injuries. For example, if a defective product directly led to your accident, you can sue the manufacturer of that product for negligence. You may also be able to sue your employer even after receiving workers’ compensation, if you can prove that your employer intentionally caused your accident. The law firm of Scott A. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. has years of experience handling these types of claims. Please call us today at 561-687-5660fora free legal consultation.