What Are Common Injuries in the Construction Industry?

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Time and time again, the construction industry is ranked among the most dangerous industries in the United States. In fact, in 2022 alone, it was reported to experience the most workplace deaths out of any industry. This is to say that, as a construction worker, you must be abundantly careful every day you clock in. Continue reading to learn the most common injuries seen in the construction industry and how an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you recuperate from the ones you incurred.

What are the most common injuries seen in the construction industry?

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) enforces clear-cut guidelines for how construction company owners, employers, and workers can get their work done safely. Even still, far too many injuries are reported every year. Without further ado, the most common injuries reported in the construction industry include the following:

  • Electrocution injuries.
  • Head injuries of brain traumas.
  • Back injuries or spinal cord traumas.
  • Shoulder, knee, or ankle injuries.
  • Eye injuries or permanent blindness.
  • Chemical exposure illnesses or chemical burns.

What are the most common causes of these injuries?

In its simplest terms, the dangerous nature of construction work itself may catalyze accidents and injuries. Specifically, the presence of large vehicles, heavy machinery, and serious tools alone may be hazardous in and of themselves. This, on top of their negligent, reckless, or careless utilization, may lead to accidents and injuries. More specific examples of what causes construction injuries read as follows:

  • A construction worker may encounter a faulty or malfunctioning crane, bulldozer, forklift, or any other heavy machinery.
  • A construction worker may enter a collision when operating a truck, tractor, or any other construction vehicle type.
  • A construction worker may slip and fall from a scaffold without a proper guardrail or a ladder with inherent defects.
  • A construction worker may be in the line of destruction when a building is demolished or the ground collapses.
  • A construction worker may find themself or their clothing caught in between two heavy pieces of machinery.
  • A construction worker may get struck by a heavy piece of equipment or machinery, and vice versa.

If any of the injuries or accidents mentioned above happened to you, then you must take immediate action. This action may be in the form of a workplace accident claim or perhaps even a workers’ compensation claim. Overall, your recovery from your construction injuries may be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining, so you should not have to go through it alone.

Rest assured, a skilled Ontario personal injury lawyer is here to serve as the support system you need during this trying time. So please call us at Merricks Law Group, P.A. today.

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