Construction workers help keep the state of Virginia running, but unfortunately, many construction workers experience job-related injuries. No matter how skilled a construction worker might be, the very nature of the work presents many opportunities to get hurt. Some construction injuries are more common than others.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome
Hand-arm vibration syndrome happens in response to repeated exposure to vibration. Human bodies aren’t built to handle constant vibration, and exposure to it can sometimes cause nerve damage in the hands and arms.
Construction often involves climbing or standing high off the ground. Though worker error such as substance use or carelessness can cause falls, other accidents happen through no fault of the employee. Taking a spill can cause catastrophic injuries.
Just as people can fall during construction, so can objects. When you’re on the ground, you can’t control what’s happening above you. A falling object can cause severe injury or death, especially considering how heavy many construction tools and components are.
Construction often requires bulky, high-weight vehicles. Though they can’t reach the top speeds of cars, they still go pretty quickly. One could hit you before you have a chance to move.
Many construction tools are potentially hazardous. For example, saws can take off limbs. Other objects can break bones or worse.
Even if you’re careful, sustaining a construction-related injury is still possible. When that happens, filing a workers’ compensation claim may help you recoup lost wages and pay for medical bills.
Many employees who undergo injury on the job are eligible for workers’ compensation. If construction work has caused you bodily harm, you might benefit from contacting an attorney to help you file a claim.