Construction workers spend much of their time around large, heavy machinery. They must also often use power tools and other serious equipment to accomplish the tasks of their occupation. Furthermore, many construction jobs require that workers perform tasks high above the ground. All of these factors, along with many others, combine to make construction one of the most dangerous industries for workers.
In order to protect their workers, construction site managers must take special care in assuring that safety regulations and guidelines are carefully observed. The vast number of potential risks and tasks being performed in construction environments means that a situation can go from normal to life-threatening in a very short amount of time. There is no room for any leeway in regards to safety procedures.
There are many types of injuries that are unfortunately common on construction sites. Head injuries can occur when objects fall from upper levels of a worksite or are swinging from cranes. Even if the victim is wearing a hardhat, head injuries can result in concussions, skull fractures, brain injury, and even death can result from head trauma.
Severe spinal cord injuries can result from workers taking serious falls from high places. The results of such injuries can be catastrophic and permanent. Because the spine plays such an important role in the human body, spinal trauma can easily lead to paralysis or reduced limb function. If a worker is forced to carry too heavy of a load, less serious, but still long-lasting and painful spine issues can develop.
Working around hazardous and harsh chemicals means that construction workers are at risk for burns, fume inhalation, or chemical poisoning. If a negligent employer does not provide proper safety equipment, such as gloves, goggles, and respirators, the chance for workers to suffer from these types of injuries skyrockets. Workers that operate power saws and other tools should also be given the proper safety equipment to keep them from suffering serious cuts or gashes.
While working on construction sites inherently comes with a large number of health risks, construction worker employers are responsible for taking steps to minimize the hazards facing their employees. When a site manager acts negligently, it puts the wellbeing of all of the project’s workers in jeopardy and if someone is hurt, the employer may be found liable for damages.
For more information about construction worker injuries, visit the website of Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C.