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Common Construction Work Injuries and Illnesses

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If you work in the construction industry, chances are you or someone you know someone has been injured on the job. Between the heavy machinery, power tools, and various other hazards, it's no wonder construction is often one of the most injury-prone industries.

In 2017 alone, the Bureau of Worker's Compensation reported 9,901 documented work injuries and illnesses in Pennsylvania. Of those 9,901 instances, 17 resulted in death. Those numbers are even worse than 2016, when Pennsylvania suffered about 9,160 construction injuries and eight deaths. With such an increase in injuries, now's the time to review the risks and safety best practices.

Common Injuries in Construction

Some of the most frequent types of injury seen in the construction industry are:

sprains and strains (35.7% of construction injuries in 2017)

cuts, lacerations, and punctures (19.97%)

contusions, crushing, and bruises (12.41%)

fractures (7.45%)

heat and chemical burns (1.45%)

Injury Prevention

The first step to prevention is education. If you or someone you care about works in construction, review the numbers above to know what the biggest causes of injury are. As valuable as this knowledge is, appropriate action is even better.

In many situations, wearing the proper PPE at all recommended times will prevent cuts, contusions, and burns. In addition, wearing comfortable, appropriate shoes will protect the toes, ankles, knees, and back throughout the workday.

Following all of OSHA's lockout/tagout rules will also keep workers safe at construction sites. This prevents workers from engaging with malfunctioning machinery that can cause serious harm.

For more grueling construction work, properly warming up before a shift ensures all muscles and tendons are prepared for vigorous activity. Similarly, review proper lifting techniques. Wearing a brace and lifting with the legs helps to prevent spinal injuries.

While these aren't all the steps you should follow to stay safe in construction, they're a good platform for developing a safety-first mentality.

*These are only recommendations. For more help, seek the advice of an expert.

Let Dugan & Associates Help You

If you or someone you love has suffered from a work injury or illness, the team at Dugan & Associates is here for you. Our team of expert workers' compensation lawyers is ready to look at your case and make sure you receive the maximum monetary compensation available to you. Contact us for your free consultation today.

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