In Minnesota, many people work in the construction industry, and this important job can come with many risk factors that construction workers must stay aware of. Fortunately, you can help ensure that you stay safe on the job by avoiding these common types of construction site injuries.
Suffering from frostbite or heat stroke
If you work in the construction industry, you may spend time in either extremely hot or cold temperatures. When things get too hot, you can potentially suffer from heatstroke. If the weather gets too cold, you’re at risk for frostbite. To avoid either of these situations, make sure to take frequent breaks to regulate your body’s temperature.
Losing your sight or hearing
Construction sites often involve people using loud machinery or creating showers of sparks by welding. Make sure you’re always wearing proper eye and ear protection on a construction site where this work is completed. Many workers’ compensation claims from construction workers involve either hearing or vision loss.
Many construction projects require the use of electricity. Unfortunately, working near electricity means taking on the risk of getting electrocuted. You can avoid electricity-related accidents by staying away from live wires and wearing protective gear.
Breaking your bones
Some construction site injuries involve broken bones. Whether it’s from large machinery or heavy building materials, the risk of breaking your bones is prevalent in the construction industry, so exercise caution at all times.
Working in the construction industry comes with the risk of getting injured, and some accidents cannot be avoided. If you got injured on a construction site and your employer isn’t treating you fairly, it might be time to contact a workers’ compensation attorney.