Most Typical Injuries, Part I: Construction Sites

Matthew Powell

1338553_construction_1Construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments in this country, so it is not surprising to learn that this industry is on the top of the list for most sustained injuries annually.

Cuts, Scraps, and Gashes. The most common injuries are often the least life-threatening.  While working with hammers, saws, drills, and other such tools, it is very easy to find a finger, arm, or toe in the wrong place.  Open wounds – even small ones – do leave the body at risk and construction workers will often overlook the danger lurking there.  With dirt, dust, and a host of other potential contaminants nearby, the chances of infection are significant.  Cuts, scrapes, and more serious wounds should be cared for immediately, cleaned and properly patched to ensure that microscopic debris isn’t allowed to enter.

Head Injuries. It might not come as any surprise to most that this portion of the human body would be among the most injured on construction sites.  Low hanging beams, materials falling from overhead, and other such obstacles are just a few of the hazards awaiting construction workers.  Head injuries are often sustained in falls as well or when workers operating large equipment are jostled about.  These injuries could often be prevented with proper hard hats.  Even a minor hit to the head could cause a concussion, which is bruising of the brain tissue.

Joint and Bone Trauma. Just as with the head, there are a number of ways that a person can injure a limb on the job site.  One of the most common accidents is crushing – finding oneself trapped between two barriers.  Most often, it occurs when heavy machinery is misused or malfunctions.  This can easily lead to broken bones or dislocated joints.  Falls, repetitive use of the joints, and falling materials can also cause lasting harm to arms or legs.

Injuries on the job site should be treated very seriously.  If not cared for quickly and correctly, a minor problem can become something much more severe.  Many of these injuries can be prevented with the correct safety equipment – harness when working at great heights, hard hats, and even construction gloves.  When the injury is the result of someone else’s negligence – machinery malfunction, an unusually hazardous work environment, or the mistake of an overworked employee – you may be able to collect damages to cover your related medical expenses.

Matthew Powell

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