Construction work is labor intensive. A worker’s body is subjected to harsh conditions on each shift. While many people think that these laborers are burly and meant for this type of activity, they face just as much risk of injury as anyone else.
The construction workers and the companies they work for must think carefully about the best options to keep them safe. This isn’t always easy because of the vast array of incidents and injuries that might occur, but having a safely plan in place to address the majority of them is beneficial.
Proper body mechanics and tools
These workers need to know the proper way to move the body to get their tasks done. They also need to have the appropriate tools. Repetitive motion injuries can occur if they are having to do the same tasks over and over, especially if they aren’t using the proper methods.
Rotator cuff injuries, tendinitis and bursitis are common. These cause extreme pain and loss of motion in the impacted area. The worker may have to take time off work to allow the injury to heal, and they may need to undergo therapy to help. When they do return to duty, they may be limited for a while.
Safety to prevent accidents
Some construction worker injuries are due to accidents and not from repetitive motions. Preventing these can be complex, but providing workers with the equipment they need to do jobs safely can help. For example, they need fall arrest equipment if they’re working at heights. Brightly colored hard hats and vests can help to make workers easier to see so they’re less likely to be run over or backed into while they’re working.
On top of the proper equipment, having adequate training can help keep workers safe. Some accidents are due to workers not being trained to use the equipment they’re operating. These accidents can lead to crushing injuries, broken bones and amputations, so they must be prevented.
When a construction worker suffers an injury, they should be able to count on workers’ compensation to cover their medical care costs. They may also need partial wage replacement benefits if they can’t return to work right away. The workers’ compensation coverage might also provide other benefits. Construction workers in California should understand what benefits they are entitled to as an injury can cause both great physical and economic pain.