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What are common construction injuries?

In New York and other states across the nation, major and minor construction projects take place year-round. Whether it is a home project or constructing a high-rise building, construction workers are face with a wide range of dangers on a daily basis. This could be related to the tools that they use or the fact that many project require workers to work at heights. And, when risks and dangers are not carefully assessed and protected against, construction workers could suffer injuries in accidents that could have been avoided if proper safety precautions had been taken.

What are common construction injuries? While construction accidents do occur, some can be serious and preventable. Falls are a major risk for these workers, as scaffolds, ladders and heavy machinery are frequently used. Other concerns relate to falling objects, malfunctioning machinery or equipment, electrocution a health issues arising from exposure to asbestos and chemicals.

With that in mind, injuries to the head, neck and back are common in a fall. A fall could also result in broken limbs and internal injuries. Other injuries include crush injuries, burns, lacerations, contusions, loss of a limb and health issues such as cancer.

When a construction worker suffers a workplace injury or illness, it is important that they understand what rights and options they have. Seeking workers compensation may be an option, as it could help address the losses and harms suffered because of the work injury or illness. These benefits can be used to cover medical bills, rehabilitation and lost wages, which could be very valuable for a construction worker who is unable to work due to the workplace injury or illness.

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