It is widely-known that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous to work in. With real estate currently booming in the state of Idaho, the likelihood of a construction accident only increases with time. It seems like everywhere you look, there is a new apartment complex, subdivision or new commercial real estate going up. This is not only apparent in the Treasure Valley, but all across Idaho. Twin Falls, Pocatello, the Wood River valley, all are experiencing unprecedented growth at this time. This means more construction projects are being completed, with an increase in the frequency of on-the-job accidents.
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the world.
Construction work is often strenuous labor, occurring at all times in the day, sometimes under unsafe working conditions. All of these factors make working in the construction industry one of the most dangerous job in America.
According to OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one in five worker deaths in the United States is in the construction industry. Of these numbers, the four leading causes of on-the-job deaths (excluding traffic highway collisions) were falls, being struck by an object, electrocution and getting caught in-between equipment. These “fatal four” were responsible for more than half of the construction deaths (58%) in 2018. These numbers aren’t just from large, corporate construction firms either. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all construction site deaths occur in companies with ten, or fewer employees, or among those who are self-employed.
Working in the construction field may also result in various, non-fatal injuries that can cost construction companies millions of dollars each year. This is why, for most companies, compliance with OSHA regulations is essential to maintain their bottom-line. With construction being such a potentially dangerous field, safety is their top concern, as it should be. The average worker’s compensation claim for on-the-job injuries in any field is a massive $41,000. Injuries resulting from falls alone cost the construction industry $427 million dollars annually, just for medical care alone.
The most common types of construction accident injuries:
Burns and chemical scarring
Burns are commonplace at construction sites due to the increased likelihood of exposed wiring, fires, explosions and harsh chemicals being present. If certain items are not handled properly, they could endanger nearby workers. Exposed pipes could emit hot water, steam or chemicals that can burn the skin. Poorly-maintained equipment could burst into flames and burn nearby construction personnel.
Burn injuries can be very painful. Burns are classified by depth: first-degree burns affect just the outer layer of the skin. Second-degree burns occur in the second layer of the skin. They typically result in blistering, that is extremely painful. Second degree burns can permanently alter the appearance of your skin around the site of the burn. Third-degree burns go deep, as they completely destroy the first two layers of skin. Third-degree burns can permanently damage nerve endings around the affected area. Understanding more about burn injuries can help your personal injury attorney prove the severity of your injury and the medical treatment that is required for your ultimate recovery.
Head injuries from falling objects, tools, moving equipment or improperly marked hazards happen quite often with construction work. Head injuries can include lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, bruising and concussions. While some of these injuries can be minor and heal over time, others can be very serious and even life-threatening.
Traumatic brain injuries or TBI occur as the result of a violent blow or jolt to the head that penetrates the brain tissue. Falls are one of the most common causes of a TBI. They can be a tremendously debilitating injury, one that can range wildly in severity. Sometimes a TBI can cause disorientation, difficulty thinking clearly, amnesia, headaches, nausea, trouble speaking and even difficulty falling asleep. A TBI can also cause a person to sleep too much. These types of injuries are particularly dangerous as they can lead someone into a coma and even brain death.
A TBI does not have to be the direct result of something hitting a person in the head. Sometimes even an abrupt or violent jostling of the head can cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull, resulting in a TBI. It is very important to seek medical attention if you suspect any type of injury to the brain. Sometimes symptoms can take time to develop, so it is crucial you seek medical attention right away. A visit to the emergency room should include an MRI and CT scan to fully assess the severity of any head injury.
Broken bones can cause intense, chronic pain and even permanent mobility issues. Broken bones from a construction accident can range anywhere from a hairline fracture to compound fractures where the bone protrudes out of the skin.
Spinal cord injures
The spinal cord is the conduit for the central nervous system to transmit signals from the brain to the rest of your body. An injury to the spinal cord can be catastrophic, resulting in loss of function and mobility. In severe instances, a spinal cord injury can cause permanent paralysis.
Loss of a limb
Losing a limb is a horrific tragedy. This can occur when a limb is severed or crushed so bad that an amputation is necessary. This can result in a lifetime of a loss of mobility and chronic pain associated with “phantom limb” syndrome. This is a complication where the feelings or sensations of a limb that has been removed persist over time. This happens because nerve endings that used to feel the missing limb, still send signals to the brain.
Contact the personal injury attorneys at Caldwell Law Group for help with your construction accident.
Construction requires workers to work in dangerous conditions. Much work is done from great heights, workers are asked to repeatedly lift heavy equipment and operate some very dangerous heavy machinery. Sadly every year, thousands of construction workers are injured or killed while on the job.
If you, or a loved one were injured in a construction accident, you might need the help of an experienced injury attorney in the Boise, Idaho area. The attorneys at Caldwell Law Group will help you determine what your claim is worth and we will fight to get you the assistance you need. We have handled worker’s compensation claims in Idaho and Washington. We offer a free initial consultation, so there is never a need to worry about money up front.
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