This blog recently discussed the nature of workplace injuries and what injured workers may be able to do about them. One industry that can be particularly risky for workers to suffer serious and catastrophic injuries is the construction industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of 3.3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2009, 9 percent occurred in the construction industry. Per 100 full time workers, construction workers suffer 4.3 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses.
Of these construction accident injuries, some of the most common types of construction injuries are fall injuries. Construction workers can suffer falls from improperly secured scaffolding, roofs, ladders and cranes. In addition, construction workers can be in danger from falling objects including objects that were not properly secured on the construction site. Equipment-related accidents are another category of construction accidents that can have devastating consequences for victims who can suffer injuries related to large equipment accidents or other types of equipment like nail gun accidents.
In addition, construction workers can be at risk of crush injuries and back over accidents. Other types of construction accidents may result because of a trench collapse or building collapse. Also of concern are repetitive stress injuries that construction workers can suffer. All of these types of injuries can have a lifelong impact on victims and can impact their physical health, ability to earn a living and overall well- being.
Workers who have suffered a construction accident injury should be familiar with options that may be able to help them including workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured construction workers with the harm they have suffered as they focus on the recovery process regardless of which among the many types of construction accident injuries they have suffered.