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Injuries related to falls and machinery common among construction workers

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, an estimated 6.5 million men and women work at construction worksites across the U.S. These individuals face numerous hazards on a daily basis as they operate or work in close proximity to machinery and complete work duties from heights.

Due to the numerous and inherent work hazards that accompany working in the construction industry, construction companies must be proactive in communicating with and training employees on health and safety matters. Additionally, employers must provide appropriate safety gear and equipment and enforce its use by employees.

Injuries suffered as a result of fall injuries are among the most prevalent and deadly of all workplace injuries. For construction workers who routinely scale ladders and work atop scaffolding a fall could result in an individual suffering serious and debilitating injuries or even fatal injuries. To help prevent fall accidents at construction worksites, employers should provide and require workers to wear safety harnesses and utilize other types of safety equipment like guardrails. 

The operation of and close proximity to machinery like forklifts and cranes used at construction worksites also poses a danger to workers. Prior to operating these types of construction equipment, employees should receive proper training and follow all related safe operating instructions. Additionally, construction machinery and equipment must undergo regular maintenance checks. It's also crucial to heed all weight restriction limits and ensure other workers remain a safe distance away from moving equipment. 

Construction workers in and around the San Diego area who have been injured while performing work-related duties may choose to discuss their case with an attorney. Even in cases where an individual receives workers' compensation, he or she may still be able to recover additional compensation via a personal injury lawsuit. 

Source: OSHA.gov, "Worker Safety Series: Construction," 2014

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