Putting in a day’s work on a Minnesota construction site comes with risks. Even a well-managed, well-organized worksite cannot be entirely free of hazards. Tools, vehicles, electrical lines and even people passing by the work zone contribute to potential dangers. Workers may suffer unavoidable injuries, leading them to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Construction workers suffering injuries
A slip-and-fall accident could happen anywhere, including construction sites. A fall might be from a great height at a construction site, leading to severe injuries such as spinal damage and broken bones. Even tripping on the level ground could do the same. A worker might not even know how severely he or she is hurt before receiving medical attention.
Workers are also often at risk of terrible lacerations resulting from a tool-related accident. Cuts and punctures may result in life-threatening injuries, and even broken glass could sever an artery.
Moving vehicles present risks too as cars and trucks travel in and around construction zones. People near forklifts and other heavy machinery should be on the alert, but they’re not the only ones at risk. After a mishap, vehicle drivers and machine operators could suffer whiplash and other problems.
Injuries that go with a construction career
Accidents aren’t the only cause of construction worker injuries: The job itself might lead to physical harm and injuries. Years of working in a laborer job may cause chronic back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome or other cumulative problems.
Injuries may leave someone out of work for an extended time, and even short-time recuperation could have financial consequences. A successful workers’ compensation claim may help someone get through difficult times.
Workers’ comp could also involve permanent disability payments. Such claims require clear and significant evidence, so workers need to ensure proper submissions.