Common Construction Worker Injuries

Common Construction Worker Injuries

Due to the nature of construction work, injuries in this field are very common. Read on to learn about some of the construction accidents that happen the most.

Construction Worker Injuries

The reasons why construction accidents occur are ample and mixed. Some of the reasons are glaring, while others are much less apparent. Being aware of common construction injuries that happen the most will assist you with avoiding injuries. Additionally, this information will help you determine any injuries you may have already endured.


One of the most prevalent construction workplace accidents is falls. When working construction, you are at risk of falling from cranes, ladders, roofs, scaffolding, and other heights.

Falling Items

In addition to your body falling, you are also at risk of objects falling onto you from above. Even if you’re wearing the proper protective gear, such as a hardhat, you are still susceptible to brain and spinal injuries as a result of objects falling on top of you.

Accidents Related to Equipment

Construction work typically involves the use of heavy machinery, which has the potential to be very dangerous. Examples of ways that machinery can cause injuries are as follows:

  • If a nail gun misfires

  • If a dumpster suddenly falls over

  • If a forklift malfunctions

If the equipment you’re using is not up to standards and caused your injuries, you may have a product liability case.

Backovers and Crushed-Betweens

Working construction poses the risk of being run over by commercial trucks that back out of construction sites. It is also possible to be crushed in between oversized vehicles and walls or concrete. Your supervisor should be keeping an eye out to make sure these sorts of accidents don’t happen.

Explosions and Fires

It is common for precarious conditions to be present within construction sites. Some of the possible conditions include:

  • Uncovered wires

  • Dripping pipes

  • Combustible substances

These types of injuries are not as common as some of the others, but they can prompt serious injuries or even fatalities.


It is relatively common for unfinished trenches to collapse on the workers inside. It is possible for buildings that are being demolished or are under construction to collapse suddenly, resulting in serious injuries or death for the workers inside.

Even though it’s difficult and sometimes impossible to determine who is at fault for such an accident, you may still be protected under the negligence legal theory of “res ipsa loquitur,” which translates from Latin to “the thing speaks for itself.”

Repetitive Motions

It is quite common for construction workers to develop ailments related to overexertion due to repetitive motions conducted over long periods.


Due to the nature of construction work being conducted mostly outdoors in all sorts of climate conditions, workers may experience heat-stress related injuries, such as:

  • Braine damage

  • Heart conditions

  • Kidney impairments

  • Death

In addition, cold climates can prompt ailments as well, such as:

  • Hypothermia

  • Frostbite

Elevated Levels of Lead

Hazardous levels of lead can be present in unsafe construction sites. From the years 2002-2008, construction workers made up 16% of all cases involving high blood lead concentration.

Respiratory Issues

Between the years 1990-1999, over 1,000 construction workers lost their lives as a result of pneumoconiosis. Legally, according to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, the ailment is defined as “a chronic dust disease of the lung and its sequelae, including respiratory and pulmonary impairments, arising out of coal mine employment.” The following are the most common pneumoconiosis conditions leading to construction worker fatalities:

  • Asbestosis

  • Coal Workers’ Black Lung

  • Silicosis

You could have a valid product liability case if you experienced complications as a result of working with asbestos, silica, or another product that caused you harm.

We’re Here to Help

If you’ve been involved in a construction accident in which you sustained injuries, our attorneys at Spellen Law are here to help. Our team has extensive experience in workers’ compensation and personal injury law cases and has helped many other people, just like you. Time is on your side right now, but it won’t be if you wait too long. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.

Contact Spellen Law, LLC today at (205) 810-2275 to learn more about your rights under workers’ compensation laws.


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