According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average entry-level construction workers' hourly wage is $16.43 per hour. But along with a liveable wage come risks. Even under strict job-site safety regulations, construction workers face among the highest industrial injury rates in America. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a list of the most common worksite injuries. Some of them are minor injuries, and others are life-threatening.
Burns are one of the most common injuries on a construction site. The burn can vary, depending on what caused it. Fires and explosions on the job site are the cause of the most severe types of burns. Burns on the job site can also be caused by coming in contact with exposed wiring, chemical burns, and burns from leaking pipes. If these issues are not handled properly, the risk of fire increases, putting all of the workers at risk. Also, severe burns can result in significant scarring.
Head injuries are often caused by falling objects, tools, or materials. If a building is being built from the ground up, the people working on the lower levels are at risk. Lacerations, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries can occur if the worker is not wearing a hard hat. Falls from great heights can also cause severe head injuries, even if the worker was wearing a hard hat.
Spinal cord injuries
If a worker falls from a ladder, scaffolding, or the top of a structure, they can suffer a spinal cord injury. These can cause partial or full paralysis. Lifetime disabilities, brain damage, and death are also possible.
Cuts and lacerations
Cuts and lacerations are often the result of on-site hazards. A few of these include unsecured machinery, tools that are defective or poorly maintained, and exposed nails. If the injury is not treated immediately, it can result in a severe infection. Construction workers should wear protective clothing at all times to prevent these injuries.
Broken or crushed bones
Because heavy machinery is common on a job site, broken bones and crush injuries are common. If the equipment is not operated or secured, a worker can be struck and seriously injured.
Loss of limbs and digits
There are plenty of dangerous tools and machinery used on job sites. If these tools or pieces of machinery trap a worker, they could lose a finger, toe, or a limb. An arm or leg can also get severely mangled.
The tools and heavy machinery used on a job site can be very loud. Over time, without proper protection, hearing loss is possible.
On-site chemicals and gases can be very harmful if the worker is exposed to them. Vision loss can happen immediately, and it can occur due to prolonged exposure.
During the hot summer months, the temperature outdoors can reach 90 degrees. Without proper hydration when it is really hot outside, heat stroke is possible. If left untreated, this condition is life-threatening.
Injuries to tendons, ligaments and muscles
Repetitive motions are typical for construction workers. Over time, this can result in back pain and neck pain. Constant heavy lifting can also cause stress injuries.
If you have suffered any of the common job site injuries, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. To be sure that you are approved for workers' compensation and that you receive the maximum benefits, schedule a consultation with Domer Law. We can represent you from the very beginning, ensuring that you get the compensation that you deserve.