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Why you might get hurt while on the job

On Behalf of | May 2, 2023 | workplace injuries

There are a number of workplace hazards that you may encounter while working on a California construction site . These hazards may include exposure to falling objects, slips, trips and falls and repetitive movements. If you are hurt at work, you may be entitled to significant compensation, and your employer may also have to deal with increased labor and insurance costs in the aftermath of your injuries.

Overexertion injuries cost billions

According to the 2022 Workplace Safety Index, construction work injuries caused by overexertion cost companies $12.63 billion during 2019. Overexertion may be caused by pulling or lifting objects that are too heavy for a person to handle. They can also be caused by completing routine tasks such as typing, taking notes or sitting in a morning meeting. For example, if you stare at a screen for too long, you could experience eye strain while sitting in an awkward position for more than a few minutes may result in chronic pain.

Falls can be expensive for companies

Falls to lower levels were liable for $5.08 billion while injuries related to slips or trips without falling added $2.52 billion. These figures were also according to the 2022 Workplace Safety Index. Companies may be able to guard against these types of incidents by installing guardrails or similar items for workers who perform tasks at heights.

Construction injuries may be severe enough to prevent you from working in the future or from otherwise enjoying a comfortable quality of life. If you are hurt at work, file an accident report and seek treatment quickly. Doing so may minimize the damage to your body while also maximizing your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your workers’ compensation claim.


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