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Top 10 Work Injuries suffered by Construction Workers

Top 10 Work Injuries suffered by Construction Workers

If you are a construction worker in Alabama, you have most likely suffered a job injury before, probably several times.  Construction workers and their families know that you do heavy work which takes a toll on your body.  Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for construction workers to suffer serious job accidents and injuries, such as: torn rotator cuffs, herniated discs, knee injuries (torn meniscus or cartilage) or hernias.  I was recently looking at a site for orthopedic surgeons and came across the following list of the Top Ten Injuries most often suffered by construction workers:

  1. Back Injury – Construction workers are often working at extreme heights and a fall can mean a serious back or neck injury. Back injuries also occur from heavy lifting and repetitive motion over years of working in the field.
  2. Head Injury –Falling debris can cause severe head injuries for many construction workers. Even when wearing proper headgear, falling objects from extreme heights can still have disastrous outcomes.
  3. Eye Injury –Often times in construction work there is a lot of debris or particles in the air around you from the work being done. If proper safety goggles aren’t always worn, or if you don’t know they need to be worn, an eye injury can occur. In severe situations this can lead to blindness.
  4. Knee Injury –Heavy lifting and repetitive motion are to blame for many knee injuries construction workers suffer.
  5. Crushing Injuries –In the case of a trench or building collapse, a construction worker can suffer serious crushing injuries including broken bones and even suffocation.
  6. Burns –Construction sites are filled with chemicals and hazardous materials that can cause explosions or burns. Burns are a very serious injury that require extensive recovery time and treatment.
  7. Heatstroke – Due to the harsh work environments and long hours, many construction workers suffer from heatstroke or exhaustion. In severe cases this can require hospitalization to replenish nutrients and electrolytes to return the body to a healthy state.
  8. Respiratory disease –Respiratory diseases are very common among construction workers due to the hazardous work conditions they’re in every day. Asbestos related diseases, black lung, and chronic pneumonia are some of the most common respiratory diseases seen in this line of work.
  9. Hearing Loss or Damage –Many people don’t think about their ears when they think about injuries, but in this field it’s a very common injury. Over time, the loud machinery and tools can cause permanent hearing loss in a worker.
  10. Muscle Strains –Heavy lifting and repetitive motions are to blame for this injury as well and many of the others mentioned. The best treatment for a muscle strain is rest and ice, but many workers don’t feel able to take a day or two off to let their bodies heal.

Most of the time, when a construction worker suffers a job injury, their sole means of recourse is through the Alabama workers’ compensation system; however, there are cases in which the injured worker can also have a separate third party claim (that is, a legal claim against another party for their negligent or reckless actions).  For instance, if you were working for a sub-contractor on a job site, and due to the negligent actions of the general contractor or other sub-contracting company you were injured, you could have a separate personal injury claim against them as well as a workers’ compensation claim.

If you work as a construction worker in Alabama+ and have suffered a job injury on a construction site and you have questions about your rights under Alabama’s workers’ compensation laws and other potential legal claims, don’t hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Job Injury attorneys at Powell and Denny for a free consultation; and remember, virtual appointments are available through Zoom from wherever you live.

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