Construction is one of the most difficult professions in Minnesota. Unfortunately, due to the level of risk that comes with this line of work, accidents and injuries are common. These are some of the dangers construction work poses.
Construction workers often must perform their work from significant heights while on ladders or scaffolding. Sadly, this is one of the most common causes of injury or even death on a construction site. If safety precautions are not in place, workers face a higher chance of this type of accident.
A construction worker can be out of work on workers’ compensation for an extended period if they suffer injuries from a caught-between accident. This happens when a worker is pinned by a vehicle and a wall or other surface or in a tight spot while working and equipment strikes them. Unfortunately, in some cases, injuries from caught-between accidents prove fatal.
Faulty wiring, exposed wires or insufficient electrical equipment on a construction site can have devastating consequences. A construction worker can suffer electrocution and be knocked unconscious or even killed. Proper precautions must always be in place and inspections performed to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
Trench collapses are one of the deadliest types of construction site work accidents. If a worker is on the job in a trench that suddenly collapses, they can be crushed by the weight of the dirt around it and even buried alive.
Repetitive motion injuries
Construction workers often perform the same motions over and over. They also use certain types of equipment that can put excess strain on their joints. This can lead to repetitive motion injuries, such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. These injuries commonly require workers to file for workers’ compensation.
Construction workers have demanding jobs. Injuries are not uncommon, and workers’ comp is in place to protect everyone.