Construction sites are one of the most dangerous places to work.
Construction workers use a variety of power tools and heavy equipment, making construction sites one of the most dangerous workplaces. Construction workers face many risks and are prone to a variety of work-related injuries. Many injuries are serious in nature and require extensive treatment and time off from work.
Construction workers can fall from a dangerous height or may get struck by a piece of heavy equipment or a falling object, leading to a head injury. According to OSHA, in 2013, 294 fatal work-related injuries that occurred on construction sites were caused by falls. It was also reported that 82 deaths were a result of a worker being struck by an object. Common injuries sustained in such accidents include concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and head lacerations. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, the worker may become permanently disabled and require ongoing medical care.
Spinal Cord Injuries
In addition to head injuries, construction workers are also at risk of suffering spinal cord injuries due to falling off scaffolding, heights, or ladders. If a construction worker falls on his or her back, it can cause temporary or permanent spinal cord injuries. If the spinal cord is partially torn or severely bruised, an injured worker may suffer from partial or complete paralysis.
Caught in or between equipment, falls, and being struck by an object may cause broken bone injuries. When an operator is inexperienced or when equipment is not properly secured, a worker may get knocked off a ladder, may be hit, or crushed. Broken bones, fractures, and crushed bones are more likely to occur when safety regulations are not properly enforced.
Burns and Scars
Burn injuries, including second- and third-degree burns can occur as a result of explosions, exposure to chemicals, fires, and exposed wires. Chemical, fire-related, and electrical burns can cause extensive damage. An injured worker may need multiple surgeries to treat scarring and disfigurement.
Construction workers often work around heavy equipment, machinery, and materials. Accidents such as those in which the worker’s body gets caught in a piece of equipment, under worksite material, or between two objects can necessitate amputation of the affected limb.