The top causes of construction site injuries

If you work in the construction industry, you know one thing to be true: Danger lurks around every corner.

While you do your best to remain safe, it's possible that you could still suffer an injury at some point. Here are some of the top causes of construction site injuries:

-- Falls. This can happen at ground level or as you are working at height. Either way, if you fall at a construction site it can lead to serious injury.

-- Falling objects. If an object falls from above, such as from the roof of a structure, it could seriously harm anybody standing below.

-- Vehicle accidents. As you know, many types of vehicles are used on construction sites. As a result, crush-betweens and backovers can and do occur from time to time.

-- Explosions. Hazardous materials are often kept on construction sites. If an explosion happens, a worker could be injured or even killed.

-- Repetitive motion injuries. Construction workers often perform the same tasks, day after day. This can cause a repetitive motion injury, such as one that impacts the shoulder or wrists.

Not only should construction workers be familiar with these common causes of injuries, but employers must be knowledgeable as well.

In the event that you are injured in a construction accident, job number one is to receive immediate medical attention. From there, you can take the time to learn more about the accident. This may lead you to file a workers' compensation claim in Pennsylvania. In some cases, you may even want to think about filing a lawsuit against the negligent party.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Construction Injury Types," accessed Oct. 05, 2016

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