Common Injuries Sustained in Construction Site Accidents

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Construction sites generate the highest injury and death incidence of any workplace in the United States affecting one in three construction workers annually. While injuries to construction workers are frequently minor, serious injuries happen all too often.

OSHA: Construction's Fatal Four

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), reports that 4,114 American workers died in private industry accidents in calendar year 2011. Construction workers on the job accounted for 721 (17.5-percent) of those fatally injured.

The four construction site injuries responsible for 57-percent of worker deaths in 2011 have been dubbed the “Fatal Four” by OSHA, as follows (verbatim):

  • Falls 251 (35-percent)
  • Electrocutions 67 (9-percent)
  • Struck by Object 73 (10-percent)
  • Caught-in/between 19 (3-percent)

OSHA officials believe that the lives of 410 construction workers could be saved annually by eliminating the Fatal Four. Personal injury attorneys accustomed to handling theses complex lawsuits can bring you and your family the compensation you need.

The hard truth about hardhats

Hardhats are certainly helpful (albeit limited) in preventing many head traumas. Hardhats are not effective in preventing falls from scaffolding, cranes dropping heavy objects onto workers, impalement by power tools, electrocution, or a host of other construction site accidents.

Common injuries sustained at construction sites:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Varying degrees of burns
  • Electrocution
  • Contusions
  • Black eyes
  • Open wounds
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Punctures
  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Broken bones
  • Severed limbs
  • Amputated digits
  • Internal
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Toxic exposures
  • Repetitive stress
  • Death

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