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6 common injuries at construction sites

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | workers' compensation

Construction workers are the backbone of America. They have contributed to our growth and prosperity, from houses to skyscrapers, roadways and bridges.

However, with construction work comes an array of safety risks, making it one of the most hazardous industries for workers. Here are some of the most common.

1. Falls

Scaffolding, ladders, roofs and unsecured floor openings are all opportunities for falls, which often result in severe injuries and fatalities. 

2. Struck-by object injuries

Tools, materials and debris can become deadly projectiles at construction sites. Workers can be struck by flying, falling, swinging or rolling objects, leading to injuries ranging from minor bruises to life-threatening conditions. 

3. Electrocutions

Electrical hazards are everywhere on construction sites, which could result in shock, burns or, in severe cases, electrocution. Contact with power lines, lack of ground-fault protection and improper use of extension cords contribute to these accidents.

4. Caught-in/between injuries

Being caught in machinery or struck by collapsing materials such as trenches or walls can lead to catastrophic injuries.

5. Repetitive motion injuries

Repetitive tasks at construction sites can lead to overuse injuries affecting muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons. Injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and lower back issues are common occurrences among construction workers.

6. Heat-related illnesses

Exposure to high temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration among construction workers. To protect construction workers, employers must ensure the availability of safety equipment, such as:

  • Personal protective gear
  • Equipment guards
  • Safety barriers
  • Trench supports
  • Netting
  • Toe boards

Regular, comprehensive safety training is vital so workers know about potential hazards, lockout/tagout procedures and how to use protective equipment safely.

If you work in construction and are injured, your first step is to seek medical help immediately. You must also notify your supervisor of your injury as soon as possible. Filing a workers’ compensation claim will cover medical expenses and lost wages while you recover from your work-related injury.


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