There are a variety of common types of injuries that occur on construction job sites. No matter how common the injuries are, however, they are significant for workers and their families who should understand the protections available to them.
Fall injuries are one of the most common type of construction site injuries workers can suffer. Workers can suffer falls from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders and other heights on construction sites.
Falling object injuries
Falling objects on a job site can also injure construction workers when they are not properly secured and fall from overhead.
Crush between and back over injuries
There are a number of large vehicles on most construction sites and when they are not operated safely, workers can suffer crush injuries or may be backed over by a vehicle.
Heavy equipment is not uncommon on a construction site. Construction workers can be injured in a variety of different ways by heavy machinery on a job site.
Trench collapses and other collapses related to construction that is in progress, such as a roof, can also occur on a construction site and injure workers. Workers can be harmed if they are in a trench or building at the time of a trench or building collapses.
Fires and explosions
Fires, explosions and other hazards on a construction site can lead to burn injuries. Workers can also suffer chemical-related injuries and occupational illnesses while performing construction work.
Repetitive stress injuries
Construction work requires many repeat tasks and repetitive motion can lead to repetitive stress injuries suffered by construction workers.
Injured construction workers can get help with their injuries in different ways depending on the situation and circumstances. Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages and if they were injured by a third party, personal injury legal protections may also be available to them. It is important for injured workers and their families to be aware of the different ways they can obtain the help they need.