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Types of Construction Injuries

Posted on March 6, 2017

Accidents in a construction zone can be serious. Although it is so essential to our economy, working in construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Construction workers face many dangers when working with heavy machinery and many stories up in the air. This article explains the most common injuries that can occur while working on a construction site.

Common Construction Injuries

photo by Joe Breuer

Amputations
Construction accidents that lead to loss of hands, legs, fingers, hands and toes happen to thousands of workers each year. Victims of amputation face life-long challenges and will require a lot of help and time off recovering.

Burns
Many construction workers are burned on the job each year by electrical accident, explosions or exposure to chemicals commonly found on construction sites. Some burns are treatable at home, but some can actually be life threatening.

Electrocution
Electricity, while essential, can also be deadly. Approximately 350 construction workers are fatally electrocuted on job sites each year according to the U.S. Occupational and Safety Administration. Construction workers on high-voltage sites should always take extra precautions.

Fractures
broken bones and fractures are very common on construction sites. Construction zones present many hazards from working around powerful machines and working at great heights that can lead to bone injuries.

Paralysis
When an injury is really bad, it could lead to paralysis. Too many construction workers lose or impair the ability to move a body part as a result of working with hefty materials, large machinery, power tools, electricity and/or chemicals.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Not every injury is physical. Serious accidents can trigger strong emotional reactions that can grow to become Post-Traumatic Stree Disorder, causing the affected to live in a constant state of fear, sometimes impairing their ability to function in the real world.

Traumatic brain injuries
Head accents happen frequently on construction sites, even when wearing a hard hat. A TBI can happen when a blow causes brain damage, such as a concussion. Common causes of TBIs on construction sites include falls, hitting a stationary or moving object, vehicle and machinery accidents, scaffolding collapses, crane and forklift accidents, explosions, toxic exposure, nail gun accidents and trench, roof or wall collapses, among others.