Any accident that a construction worker is involved in can be a serious incident, but one that involves a spinal injury is especially frightening. A spinal injury isn’t always something you can “bounce back” from with some medical care and rest. In some cases, a spinal injury could lead to a long recovery via rehabilitation. In others, someone who experiences a spinal injury could be confined to a wheelchair for years or the rest of his or her life.
Construction workers are at risk of this type of injury due in part to the accidents that can occur in their workplace. Falls, for example, account for 36.9 percent of fatal construction worker injuries. They also account for a large percent of nonfatal injures that lead to back pain or spinal damage. Common factors in such falls can include failure to follow safety precautions, dangerous or faulty equipment, lack of railings and improper construction of scaffolding.
Another common accident type on construction sites is when a worker is hit with an object. They might be hit by a moving machine, an item suspended on cabling or a large tool or raw materials being carried or transported. Even a hit that doesn’t seem hard can cause serious damage in the right location, leading to extensive spine injury.
Being aware of your surroundings and following policies for safety can help alleviate the chances of such injuries, as can solid lines of communication with fellow workers. If you are injured in such an accident, communication continues to be important. Reach out to your employer regarding workers’ compensation policies and don’t be afraid to communication with a lawyer about your rights and claim.
Source: EHS Today, “Construction Accidents: The Risks, the Facts and the Repercussions [Infographic],” Sandy Smith, accessed Dec. 02, 2016