A recent study on workplace injuries evaluated 824 hospital admissions for work-related spinal injuries. The findings suggested that more than half of those injured worked in construction and another 31 percent were involved in vehicle crashes in the transportation industry.
Work-related spinal injuries are serious and can have life-long consequences, including:
- Permanent changes in strength or body functions
- Nerve damage
- Difficulty breathing
Safety experts state that inefficient systems and accident prevention policies are the cause of the elevated levels of spinal injuries. They further suggest that there is an urgent need for change in policies and safety measures.
Fall Injuries in the Construction Industry
The study further revealed that 78 percent of the spinal injuries studied in the construction industry were the result of falls. Falls are consistently the most common cause of construction worker deaths. Construction worker falls are often linked to falling to a lower level from:
- Roof Tops
- Scaffolds and Staging
Those who suffer spinal injuries from a workplace accident in South Carolina should contact a Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer to discuss avenues of compensation for medical expenses, recovery costs, and loss of wages.
National Fall Prevention
As part of the National Falls Campaign effort, it is estimated that the annual Safety Stand-Down events have reached more than 5 million workers. Although the Stand-Down is not limited to the construction industry, the purpose of these events is to pause work on job sites, while bringing together employers, workers, and safety organizations to focus on preventing falls. The campaign, initiated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2014, uses talks, demonstrations, and training to educate those in the construction industry on eliminating the risk of falls through:
- Planning: Plan the job ahead to identify and eliminate hazards ahead of time.
- Providing: Employers must provide employees with the proper equipment and tools to maximize safety.
- Training: Training workers to use equipment and tools properly.
Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Injured Construction Workers
If you have been injured by an accident at your workplace, an experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. can assist with filing a Workers’ Compensation claim and investigating other avenues of compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 803-929-3600 or 866-881-8623 submit an online inquiry form.
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