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4 common types of construction injuries

Everyone's job is different, so some people face hazards that others never see. Working in construction, you're exposed to many hazards ranging from electrical perils to dangers from large equipment. Knowing these hazards and the threat they pose helps you stay safe. Here are four dangers that many construction workers face.

Recognizing repetitive stress injuries

The most common injuries in the United States are those caused by repetitive motion. If you are constantly performing the same physical actions over and over again while on the job, you could be at risk of suffering a repetitive motion injury.

Holidays present special safety risks in workplaces, stores

If you are fortunate, maybe you have some extra time off during this holiday season. Even if you are at work, however, you probably are aware of the season, likely due to the holiday decorations that adorn your workplace. Or, maybe you work in sales and there is an abundance of holiday products on the shelves.

How head trauma can affect a personal injury claim

Head trauma resulting from a workplace accident or motor vehicle crash can raise a lot of questions. True, degenerative brain disease is unlikely to result from a single concussion. Yet even if head trauma is not repeated, it may still be difficult to diagnose and treat. 

Are construction site injuries preventable?

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a safety campaign this past spring, called the National Safety Stand-Down. Designed to prevents falls in construction, the initiative emphasized the importance of equipment inspections, having rescue plans in place, and identifying potential workplace hazards.

Does workers’ compensation ever intersect with disability law?

When a severe illness or accident renders an individual unable to work, he or she may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The two primary disability programs administered by the SSA are Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income. SSDI benefits require a qualifying work history, whereas low-income recipients may be eligible for SSI benefits.

I was hurt at work but it was subcontractor's fault. What do I do?

As we've mentioned on this blog before, workers' compensation covers pretty much any injury you suffer while you're performing your ordinary job duties, regardless of whether someone at your company was negligent. The workers' compensation system is basically a tradeoff between the interests of injured workers and those of companies: Essentially, as long as you were hurt at work, you don't have to prove fault in order to obtain compensation. In return, your employer is immune from lawsuits for workplace injuries and illnesses.

When it comes to workplace noise, how loud is too loud?

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is well aware that work-related hearing loss is a big problem in the United States. According to federal data, some 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise, which results in thousands of people suffering noticeable hearing loss every year. How many thousands? Over 21,000 in 2009 alone.

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