Hand and Wrist Injuries: These include skin abrasions, scrapes, cuts and other injuries that occur to the hands and wrists. Wrist and hand injuries are often caused by repetitive motions while performing tasks on the job site or at the worksite.
Pain in the Back: Pain in your back can be described as an ache, sharp pain or a constant dull ache. You may also feel spasms, tenderness or weakness in the back, depending on the severity of your injury.
Wear and Tear: When you are working on a construction site, it is inevitable that wear and tear will occur to your body. Carpal tunnel syndrome (constant use) as well as arthritis (advanced stages), these can also be classified as repetitive motion injuries.
Arthritis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: When you are performing tasks that require repetitive motions with your hands, it can lead to arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. These types of injuries can be very painful, especially when you need to use your hands for work purposes.
Bruises: Bruises are common among construction workers as well due to the nature of the work and environment. When you are carrying heavy equipment on your back, wearing heavy work boots and hitting hard objects with your hands, it is inevitable that bruises will occur on your body.
Bruises can be described as a purple or maroon colored patch on the skin of your body caused by friction or impact to the area.
Burns: Construction workers should also follow proper handling and care procedures for burns, as well as report the incident to their supervisor and file a worker’s compensation claim. Burns often require expensive medical treatment by specialists in order to repair the damage that has occurred. If you have suffered an injury while on the job, contact your construction injury attorney today.
It should be noted that if you have been burned at work, you must seek medical attention immediately and file for workers’ compensation for the burns in order to receive payment for your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs as well as loss of wages. Burns tend to require extensive treatment along with physical therapy and time off of work.
Most third-degree burns will leave large patches of skin that are necrotic, meaning the skin dies off and turns black in color. The area around the burn can also be swollen or extremely sensitive to touch. Burns often require months of physical therapy, as well as prescription medications for pain management purposes.
Burns can often lead to infections and sepsis, which is what happens when an infection spreads rapidly throughout your body.
Cuts/Abrasions/Lacerations: Thousands of construction workers each year sustain injuries in construction site accidents that leave open wounds on their bodies. These wounds can range from minor to severe, and may lead to infections, due to foreign materials such as dirt and debris entering the wound.
Head Injuries: Head injuries are also common construction site injuries that can occur without any warning. Head injuries can be caused by falls, objects falling from above and even from getting hit in the head while working at your job site. The more serious type of brain injury is a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI.
Musculoskeletal injuries: Muscle strain injuries often occur on the job site when you are lifting heavy objects and may require some form of therapy or treatment to allow your muscles to recover from their injury.
Lung/Respiratory Injuries: Construction workers are also susceptible to respiration problems due to inhalation of dust and other allergens on the job site.
Heat Stress/Stroke: Heat stress or stroke are also common construction site injuries among the many working on the job. Construction work can be strenuous, and when you do not have proper drinking water or are too busy to rest, heat stress can result.
Safety Gear and Personal Protective Equipment: Construction workers may find themselves being exposed to a wide range of materials that can be dangerous if proper safety protocols are not put into place.