Workers can be injured on construction sites in any number of ways. Falls, machinery mishaps, and other sudden accidents are the most common forms of construction accident claims, but workers may also collect compensation for injuries that are not tied to a single incident. An injury that develops slowly over time can be just as debilitating as those that stem from an accident, and can prevent you from earning a living or even force you to retire early.
Common Causes of Back Injuries in Construction Work
Construction workers have one of the highest back injury rates of any industry, and even workers who do not suffer injury often experience back and neck pain. The physical demands of the job place workers at high risk of muscle strains, slipped discs, broken vertebrae, and other degenerative conditions.
A construction worker’s back injury may be due to:
- Lifting heavy objects. Construction requires frequent lifting and carrying of heavy objects. Employers have a duty to train workers on how to lift loads in tandem, to use proper lifting procedures, and to use mechanical means of lifting as often as possible.
- Posture and stance injuries. Long hours standing, leaning, and bending can place pressure on the lower spine, especially when wearing a heavy tool belt.
- Awkward positioning. Workers are often required to perform tasks while squatting, twisting, reaching, or hunched over in an uncomfortable position.
- Repetitive tasks. Lifting tools, bricks, fixtures, and other building materials places a lot of stress on a worker’s back, causing them to suffer severe repetitive strain injuries (RSI) when they perform hard tasks day in and day out.
If you suspect that your injury was caused or worsened by construction work, you may be able to receive compensation for your lost earnings, costs of treatment, and out-of-pocket expenses. Our construction accident lawyers have a no-win, no-fee pledge for all injury cases, paying court fees out of our own pockets until we secure a recovery for you. Call us today or fill out our enquiry form to set up your no-obligation chat with a member of our legal team.