If you are a construction worker, it’s likely you already know that your job is quite dangerous, but did you know that more fatal injuries occur in this industry than any other? Along with working up high, construction workers also put themselves at risk because of the equipment they use and errors made by co-workers.
Construction workers seek workers’ compensation in Florida for many types of injuries, and some are more common than others. The ten most common are:
- Burns and scarring. Burns often occur from dangerous chemicals, exploding pipes, and exposed wiring.
- Head injuries. Although construction workers wear hardhats, head injuries can still occur from falling objects and falls from heights.
- Broken, fractured, or crushed bones. Heavy machinery used in construction, such as cranes and bulldozers, often cause injuries, which can result in broken, fractured, or crushed bones.
- Hearing loss. The loud noises of heavy machinery and building equipment can cause some construction workers to lose their hearing over time, particularly if ear plugs are not worn.
- Spinal cord injuries. Injuries to the spinal cord often occur because of falls off ladders, scaffolds, and tall buildings.
- Cuts and lacerations. Lacerations and cuts are often caused by malfunctioning equipment, exposed nails, unsecured machinery, and other hazards.
- Limb or digit loss. If heavy objects, machinery, or building materials fall on a worker, or if a body part is caught inside machinery or crushed between heavy objects, he can lose an extremity.
- Vision loss. Unsafe welding practices and improper handling or exposure to chemicals, gases, and other hazards can cause vision loss on the construction site.
- Stress injuries. Stress injuries can occur over time due to repetitive movement such as vibration, lifting, bending over, and moving in certain ways.
- Heatstroke. Construction workers who are outdoors all day are at risk for overheating and experiencing heatstroke.
If you have experienced any of these injuries, call Johnson and Gilbert to speak with a workers’ comp attorney in Daytona about your situation. If you know a construction worker, we encourage you to share this information with him or her!