Anyone who works in construction knows the risk for injury is high. Exposed wiring, heavy equipment, and falling objects are just a few of the many dangers workers are exposed to every day. Even when you take the necessary precautions to prevent an accident, it’s all too easy to suffer an injury due to the negligent actions of your foreman, contractors, or other construction workers.
At the Law Offices of Gerald D. Brody & Associates, we regularly see the devastating effects of construction site injuries in San Diego. Many of the most common injuries have life-changing consequences, and some can even leave you seriously hurt and unable to work. Though suffering an accident on the job is never an easy recovery, it can help to know that workers’ compensation is available to alleviate the financial burden for you and your family.
Construction’s “Fatal Four” Work-Related Injuries
Construction sites are hotbeds for work-related injuries, but there are four accidents in particular that accounted for more than half (64.2%) of all construction worker deaths in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Falling from heights on a construction site
Construction workers are often required to work high above the ground on scaffoldings, ladders, and roofs. Falls accounted for 38.6% of construction worker deaths in 2015.
Being struck by an object, beams, or falling debris
Workers assigned to construction duties on the ground are also susceptible to injury. Falling debris, tools, building materials, and beams were responsible for 9.6% of construction deaths in 2015.
Being electrocuted at an unsafe work environment
Exposed wiring, power lines, and unfinished electrical systems create an unsafe work environment that can lead to electrocution or shock. Electrocutions accounted for 8.6% of construction site deaths in 2015.
Getting caught between objects or materials at a construction site
Construction sites are filled with heavy machinery, tools, and moving parts. In 2015, 7.2% of construction worker deaths were a result of a worker being struck or crushed between immovable or fallen objects.
In addition to the “Fatal Four,” construction workers are also at risk for slip and falls, fires, explosions, scaffolding collapses, and many other accidents.
The 6 most common construction site injuries
Despite its name, the “Fatal Four” accidents don’t always result in death. They can also leave a worker seriously and/or permanently disabled and unable to return to work. The most common construction site injuries suffered by workers in San Diego include:
1. Head injuries
A construction worker can suffer a variety of head injuries on the job, including lacerations, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries that are caused by falling materials or tools.
The prevalence of exposed wiring and potential for fires and explosions make burns one of the most common construction site injuries. Burns can also be caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals or gases.
3. Spinal cord injuries
Falling from heights can cause a construction worker to suffer a spinal cord injury. This typically affects one’s ability to use his or her arms and/or legs, and can also impair bladder function, bowel reflexes, and cause other complications.
4. Bone fractures
If not properly secured or operated, the heavy equipment and machinery used on a construction site can cause a worker to suffer a serious injury. Broken or fractured bones are extremely painful and can take months to heal.
5. Loss of limbs
Construction sites are riddled with dangers that could trap and mangle a worker. If a worker’s limb or digit becomes stuck between two objects, amputation may be necessary to save his or her life.
6. Cuts and lacerations
Though workers should always wear gloves and protective gear on the job, cuts and lacerations can still happen. Defective tools, exposed nails, and other hazards can slice the skin and lead to infection if not treated properly.
Have you been injured on a construction site in San Diego?
No matter how careful you may be to avoid injury at work, accidents happen. If you have been injured on a construction site due to your employer’s negligence or dangerous work conditions, we can help you collect the compensation you deserve.
At the Law Offices of Gerald D. Brody & Associates, we do everything in our power to ensure our clients receive justice for their workplace injuries. Whether you suffered one of the common injuries listed above or have a unique situation, we’re here to help. Call us today at (619) 528-9800 to schedule your free consultation.