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What kinds of injuries are common among construction workers?

Whether you are new to the construction industry or a seasoned veteran, it behooves you to know that construction workers' accidents can occur with little or no warning. While construction work is a vital part of the California economy, it can be a dangerous career choice and is sometimes fraught with injuries.

Before learning about the common injuries construction workers suffer, it is important to understand what situations can lead to dangerous accidents. Below is a list of the "fatal four" construction workers' accidents according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

-- Falling from heights such as scaffolding or roofs

-- Getting hit by an object

-- Getting caught in between objects

-- Electrocutions

Obviously, construction workers can reduce the risks of being involved in an accident by diligently using safety gear and equipment. In turn, employers are required to provide adequate safety equipment to all workers who may be exposed to hazards.

When construction workers' accidents occur with or without the use of safety gear, here are some of the injuries workers may suffer.

-- Traumatic brain injuries

-- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis

-- Loss of limbs due to amputation

-- Fractures or broken bones

-- Eye injuries and lacerations

-- Death

Further, construction workers are at risk for other types of injuries such as exposure to toxic substances, strains and sprains, burns, hearing loss and many others.

Fortunately, the workers' compensation system exists to help injured workers meet their financial obligations while receiving necessary medical treatment. However, sometimes this solution may not be enough. For this reason, it makes sense to consult an attorney about additional options. Examples include maximizing insurance settlements and taking legal action against any third parties that may have contributed to the injury.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Construction Injury Types," accessed March 03, 2017

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