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What types of injuries are construction workers likely to suffer?

The construction industry is very vital to society. Without it, we would not have roads, buildings or homes built. While construction workers are aware that their job comes with a wide variety of risks and dangerous work conditions, regulations, inspection requirements, specifications and job safety programs have been passed or developed on the state and federal level in order to address these dangerous conditions and prevent accidents from occurring on a construction site. Despite these efforts, construction workers are still victims of serious construction site accidents.

Although efforts and strides have been made with safety in the construction industry, workers are injured on a daily basis. While some of these incidents result in minor injuries, the fact of the matter is that construction site accidents tend to result in severe and catastrophic injuries.

What types of injuries are construction workers likely to suffer? Injuries suffered at a construction site are frequently related to the hazards existing at the site. These include falls from scaffolds and other high elevations, being struck by a moving or falling object or machinery, injuries caused by unsafe or defective equipment and injuries related to lifting and repetitive motions.

When a construction worker is injured, it is important that they take the matter seriously. Even if it doesn't seem like much, a construction site injury could worsen over time, causing the worker much pain and suffering. This is why seeking medical attention immediately following a workplace accident is crucial. A worker can fully understand his or her injury, what medical treatment is required and how long the worker can anticipate being out of work in order to recover.

A construction work accident could cause a worker to accumulate medical bills, require time off to heal and even suffer a temporary or permanent disability. No matter your situation, it is important to understand that workers' compensation benefits could help offset some of the damages and losses. These benefits can be necessary to the worker's recovery, reducing financial hardships caused by the incident.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Construction Injury Overview," accessed Oct. 1, 2017

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