Q Is my construction injury common?
Over the last few years, our city has begun a massive expansion due to billions of dollars worth of industrial and construction projects. Projects like the Flood Protection Berm, and various road and bridge constructions on Dugas and Mosswood, have made Calcasieu Parish the 2014 leading parish/county for planned construction and industrial projects in the United States. However, this doesn’t come without risks, as many former construction workers and/or their families can testify.
Fatal and non-fatal construction accident injuries are extremely high, according to the United States Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 800 workers a year die from construction-related accidents while thousands are severely injured. These injuries can range from minor bone fractures to permanent deformations, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. This is why it is extremely important to not only be aware of the possible dangers, but to also know the common forms of injuries that you could potentially suffer.
Common Construction Injuries
Nearly 36 percent of all construction injuries and fatalities result from tragic falls. The remaining majority of other injuries are spread over a wide range of workplace accidents—such as wiring installation problems, chemical exposures and faulty machinery:
- Concussions – Can be caused by falls and blunt force trauma from falling objects.
- Brain and spinal cord injuries –Often caused by falls and trauma from mechanical failures.
- Electrocution – Caused by faulty electrical wires.
- Amputations and crushed limbs – Sharp materials, mishandled machinery, and distractions can all play a part in causing these injuries.
- Second and third degree burns – Electrical fires, overheated tools, and chemical fires can cause these.
- Long-term illnesses – Can be caused from exposure to chemical and toxic materials.
Over 100,000 injury claims are filed each year, as a result of these common, and sometimes fatal construction/industrial accident injuries. Safety isn’t a luxury when it comes to construction and industrial work. Remember to always keep your guard up to help prevent these injuries from happening to you. If you’re currently a victim of one of these tragedies, contact an experienced construction accident lawyer to start getting the help you deserve. Don’t let yourself and your experience become merely a statistic—call us today to take your first step toward getting your life back.
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