Working in the construction industry presents a higher-than-average injury risk. Unfortunately, most construction workers in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country will face at least one injury throughout their careers. Many of these injuries are caused by a few common issues.
A large majority of the worker’s compensation claims put in for employees in the construction industry include injuries caused by tools. Construction workers use a large variety of tools on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this leaves them susceptible to tool-related injuries such as severing limbs and fingers.
It’s not uncommon for there to be electrocution hazards on a construction site. Working around live power can be extremely dangerous. When electrocution does happen, it can result in mild to fatal injuries.
As part of their job, construction workers work on different platforms ranging from just a couple feet to hundreds of feet up in the air. Falls from the latter height can be extremely dangerous and potentially fatal. Even falls from a very short distance caused by a tripping hazard can result in injuries to workers.
Due to the fact that most of the materials used in the construction industry are very heavy, it’s not uncommon for there to be multiple cranes on site. Unfortunately, these cranes may break, or a strap may be defective. When this happens, the heavy object that the crane is moving could come crashing down on the workers below.
It’s no surprise to many that the construction industry is a very dangerous one. If you’ve been injured on the job as a construction worker, it’s recommended to get an attorney to help with the worker’s compensation claim process.