Common construction injuries for workers’ compensation claims
If you work on a construction site, you need to stay diligent and aware of your surroundings. Construction workers operate dangerous equipment that can cause severe injuries.
If you suffer an injury while working on a job, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation. Common injuries on construction sites include repetitive motion, falls, burns and crushes.
A repetitive motion injury occurs when you suffer damage to a body part from the regular and continuous use of equipment. The damage can cause pain or loss of function in the affected region. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should compensate you for any treatment needed to alleviate your injury.
Falls are common on construction sites as many jobs require work on ladders or scaffolding. Collapsing scaffolding is a common cause of falls. Workers can also fall from heavy equipment while trying to operate it. Other tumbles occur when a worker steps in a ditch or hole. Fall injuries range in severity from broken bones to possible death.
Job sites have a variety of electrical equipment, including power tools. Equipment can scald a worker who comes in contact with a hot motor. If you work with electrical wiring, you can also suffer electrical burns.
A crush injury occurs when a worker gets pinned between equipment or buried under materials. A collapsed trench or falling equipment can cause worker entrapment. Crush injuries can be fatal or lead to amputation of the damaged limb.
If you work on a construction site, you should follow all recommended safety precautions to avoid injury.