Contributed by Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC
Construction work is known to be a dangerous job. Construction accidents leave many workers injured each year. Although the risks of the job are well known, that doesn’t mean that construction accident victims don’t have rights. When construction workers are injured on the job, they should work with an experienced work injury lawyer to ensure they are justly compensated for the full extent of their damages. One of the most common types of injuries to be suffered during a construction accident is crush injuries.
Dangers of Crush Injuries
Construction workers are routinely surrounded by hazards, such as high scaffolding, open trenches, and heavy machinery, which can cause accidents and injuries. These inherent dangers make the odds of a work injury so high for those in the construction field. Any construction accident has the potential to cause catastrophic injuries or even death.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, classifies crush injuries as one of the fatal four types of injuries in the construction field, meaning they are one of the top four causes of death for construction workers. Crush injuries describe any accident in which a part of the body (or the entire body) becomes pinned or trapped between two objects, or between an object (such as a heavy piece of work equipment) and the ground.
Crush injuries are extremely dangerous because they can cause serious injuries to tissues, bones, and organs. Aside from death, some of the most common types of injuries to result from a crushing incident include:
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
- Tissue death
- Permanent disability