According to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, construction is one of the most dangerous occupations to work. Indeed, a 2009 CDC study established that more fatal injuries arose in construction than any other private industry occupation in the United States. Employees can reduce the amount of construction workplace injuries by remaining vigilant of common hazards, as well stressing the importance of safety equipment. Below are common construction injuries that could result in an Attleboro workers’ compensation lawsuit if not handled properly by your employer or insurance companies.
What Are Some Of the Hazards and Injuries Associated With Working In A Construction Workplace?
Exhaustion, Repetitious Motion, Heat Stroke, and Other Overexertion
Due to the amount of movement and labor that must go into the construction industry every day, one of the most common ways for an employee to become injured is to be overworked. Also, with many construction jobs completed in the summer, it is very easy for an employee to become dehydrated and exhausted, two conditions that make any job more difficult to finish. Some injuries in this category include:
- Repetitive motion injuries, such as muscle and joint pain, most commonly through arthritis.
- Heat stress in hot conditions that can lead to dehydration, and damage to the brain, heart, kidney or even death.
- Hypothermia or frostbite can result in the forfeiture of fingers, toes, and portions of the face in colder construction workplaces.
Falls and Falling Objects
One of the most common and dangerous types of construction injuries are falls and falling equipment. Common construction workplace falls occur while using scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders, among other factors. Injuries include cuts, bruises, broken bones, concussions or even death. Construction workers must also watch out for objects from above. These would include tools used above the worker, or construction materials that aren’t properly secured. Brain and spinal injuries can occur from falls or falling objects, and can still do irreversible damage even when wearing a hardhat.
Machinery used in construction sites can fail or become dangerous quickly. Some illustrations of these hazards include a forklift which could fail to work correctly, a dumpster that could fall over without warning, or a nail gun that could misfire, hitting a fellow employee. These hazards can lead to concussions, lacerations, broken bones or even death.
Fires and Explosions
Construction sites often have exposed and live wiring, leaky pipes due to drainage, and flammable chemicals that could lead to serious fires and explosions. Although less common than other types of workplace injuries, these types of accidents can still cause severe burning, electrocution or could become fatal.
Contact an Attleboro Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
If you have been injured at work in Attleboro, contact the Attleboro workers compensation lawyers located at 155 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages, among other losses. We work with experienced workers compensation lawyers that charge no fee unless you obtain benefits or a settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 508-223-1133 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out a contact form on our site.