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Common causes of construction site injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Working in the construction industry can be incredibly rewarding. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. Construction site injuries are often severe, and can put victims out of work for days, weeks and sometimes even longer. Here are some of the more common accidents that construction workers in Missouri might be at risk for. 

Falls and falling objects 

Falls are the main cause of serious and traumatic construction site injuries. Construction workers often have to perform tasks at great heights, so falling from ladders, rooftops and scaffolding is sadly not all that uncommon. Workers on the ground are not much safer either, as tools, debris and other items that workers accidentally drop or knock over from significant heights can cause: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Concussions 
  • Lacerations 

Electrocution, explosions and fires 

There are plenty of opportunities for accidental electrocutions on construction sites, especially for those who work with electrical wiring and power tools. Exposed wiring is also a common contributor to both explosions and fires, which can cause serious injuries such as burns. Other contributing factors to explosions and fires on construction sites include: 

  • Hazardous chemicals 
  • Heavy equipment malfunctions 
  • Portable heating equipment 

Construction workers face a high risk of injury each and every time they clock in at work. When these men and women suffer serious construction site injuries, they deserve help on the road to recovery. For victims in Missouri, this is often best accomplished via the workers’ compensation system, which can provide temporary benefits for things like lost income and medical bills.