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Hard hats, hard facts: A look at construction work injuries

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Construction sites are rife with potential hazards, making them one of the most injury-prone professions today. Even with increased safety measures and technology, the rate of death due to injury at construction sites remains high. In fact, data shows that the rate increased in recent years even with these advances.

One step towards safety is know the risks. Workers face daily risks from heavy machinery, falls, and various other sources. These can result in various injuries that include physical as well as long-term illnesses.

#1: The physical

Physical injuries are prevalent on construction sites. Falls from scaffolding or ladders can cause severe, sometimes permanent damage. Machinery, if improperly maintained or used, can lead to catastrophic injuries. Employers are legally obligated to provide safe working conditions, and failure to do so can result in liability for workers’ injuries.

#2: Broader health implications

Prolonged exposure to loud environments can cause irreversible hearing damage and inhalation of harmful substances can lead to chronic respiratory illnesses. Health issues like these may develop over time, often due to inadequate protective measures. Hearing loss and respiratory problems can diminish quality of life and lead to significant medical expenses. Workers’ compensation laws are in place to support those who suffer job-related health issues. Employers must comply with safety regulations to minimize these risks.

Construction workers face many dangers that can lead to serious injuries or health problems. Awareness and prevention are key in minimizing these risks. Legally, the burden rests on employers to ensure a safe workplace, but workers must also advocate for their safety and know their rights. When injuries occur, understanding the legal framework is essential for seeking due compensation. Stay safe, stay informed, and do not hesitate to seek legal advice if injured on the job.