The construction industry is a tough one, not only because it is impacted by the state of the economy, but also because there are many safety hazards. Each time they report for a shift, construction workers are faced with the possibility of being injured or killed. This risk is increased when construction companies don't provide safe working conditions.
Some injuries are more common at these sites than others. It is imperative the construction companies take proactive steps to prevent them. Workers should also do their part to remain safe, but the onus falls on the company.
- Injured bones: Fractured, broken and crushed bones can occur due to the heavy machines and general work conditions on these sites.
- Lacerations: Sharp objects and power tools can cause injuries if they aren't being used properly. The broken area of the skin can allow germs into the body, which can cause infections.
- Head injuries: Injuries to the head are common primarily due to falling objects. They are the reason why helmets should be worn at all times when a person is in a construction zone.
- Traumatic amputations: Machinery and heavy objects at construction sites can lead to crushing injuries that cause amputated digits or limbs. Sharp edges and power tools like saws can slice through bones causing an amputation.
- Spinal cord injuries: Falling objects, falls from heights and being struck by swinging items can all lead to injuries to the spinal cord. Unfortunately, this might be a life-long injury that prevents a person from being able to ever work again.
- Heat stroke: The temperatures at construction zones can soar during the summer months. Potable water, restroom facilities and cool areas can keep workers protected are essential. Workers should also be empowered to stop working to cool off when necessary.
- Loss of vision or hearing: Loud noises can cause hearing loss, so hearing protection must be worn on these sites. Chemicals and flying particles can cause eye damage, which is why ocular protection must be worn at all times when working around these hazards.
Construction workers who are injured on the job might need workers' compensation. This can help them to cover medical expenses and will cover some missed wages if the case meets specific requirements.