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3 common work-related injuries among construction workers

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Experiencing an injury at work can be unexpected and distressing. You’re not alone in this, though. Many construction workers face similar situations due to the inherently hazardous nature of their work.

While dealing with an injury is undoubtedly stressful, it’s worth noting that there are laws designed to provide relief in these circumstances. But before discussing these laws, here’s a look at the common injuries workers often sustain on construction sites.

Falls from heights

One of the most common injuries on construction sites comes from falls. Workers often have to perform their duties at significant heights, such as on roofs, ladders, or scaffolding. A fall from such a height can result in severe injuries like fractures, spinal injuries and head trauma.

Even with the proper safety equipment, accidents can still occur due to factors like equipment malfunction or a momentary loss of balance.

Being struck by equipment

Another frequent hazard on construction sites is being struck by equipment or other objects. This can happen in the following ways:

  • Falling tools or debris from above
  • Equipment or vehicles moving around the site
  • Materials being loaded or unloaded

These incidents can result in a range of injuries, from minor wounds like cuts and bruises to more serious conditions like fractures or even fatal injuries.

Overexertion and repetitive strain injuries

Construction work often requires heavy lifting, repetitive motions, and working in awkward positions. Over time, these factors can lead to overexertion and repetitive strain injuries. You might experience muscle strains, sprains or more life-altering conditions like tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

These injuries might not be immediately apparent but can become debilitating over time.

Your recovery takes priority

If you’re injured on a construction site, you can find relief thanks to New Jersey’s workers’ compensation laws. This law affords you the right to compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs and a portion of your lost earnings due to the injury. To file a claim under this law, you must report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Reporting promptly can start the process of securing compensation for a work-related injury.

Dealing with an injury is never easy, but knowing your rights and what compensation you’re entitled to can make the process a little less daunting. A legal professional can help you better understand your rights and the compensation process based on your specific situation.