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Catastrophic injuries construction workers face

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2024 | Injuries, Workers' Compensation

Construction workers in New Jersey face a variety of risks on the job, leading to potential catastrophic injuries. Understanding these injuries can highlight the importance of safety measures and proper precautions on construction sites.

Falls from heights

Falls from heights are among the most common and severe workplace injuries construction workers face. Working on scaffolding, ladders, and roofs puts workers at risk of falling, which can result in broken bones, spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Heavy machinery accidents

Construction sites often have heavy machinery, such as cranes, forklifts, and bulldozers. Accidents involving this equipment can lead to crushing injuries, amputations, and severe lacerations. These injuries can be life-altering, with workers’ compensation typically necessary to pay for extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Electrical injuries

Electrical hazards are prevalent on construction sites. Workers can suffer from electric shocks or burns when they come into contact with live wires or faulty electrical equipment. These injuries can cause long-term damage to the nervous system and other critical body functions.

Falling objects

Construction workers are at risk of being struck by falling objects, such as tools, materials, or debris. These incidents can cause head injuries, fractures, and internal injuries. Wearing protective gear, like hard hats, can help reduce the severity of these injuries, but they remain a significant risk.

Repetitive strain injuries

While not always immediately catastrophic, repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) can become severe over time. These tasks require repetitive motion. For example, lifting, hammering, or using machinery. They can lead to chronic pain and disability.

Construction workers face numerous hazards that can result in catastrophic injuries. Recognizing these risks and taking appropriate safety measures can help protect workers and prevent life-changing accidents on the job.