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Does negligence contribute to crush injury risk?

| Aug 20, 2019 | Workplace Safety |

Minnesota construction workers like you have to put yourself at risk every time you work in your field. Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take and how safe you are, the negligence of other employees or even your employers can cause you harm.

Today, we will take a look at how negligence can potentially lead to crush injuries. By definition, a crush injury occurs when a part of the body is put under pressure. Some of the most common examples in the construction field include getting run over by vehicles, or becoming pinned between a vehicle and another solid surface. It is also possible to suffer from crush injuries if you are buried under building materials or work equipment.

MedlinePlus takes a look at the injuries that can occur after a crush incident, which can be quite severe. They include internal bleeding, severe bruising, lacerations, and broken bones. Additionally, you may suffer from an increased risk of secondary infection and nerve damage, which can be long-lasting or even permanent. 

So what contributes to the likelihood of these incidents happening? Many may stem from negligence, either on the part of other workers or the supervisors. A supervisor is meant to keep an eye out over certain shift members or areas of a site, warning workers if danger arises. Other workers can be negligent as well, especially drivers of large vehicles who may not check their surroundings as thoroughly as they should.

If you have been harmed on the job because of the potential negligence of others, you may want to contact an attorney to learn more about your compensation options.

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