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Falling objects are a common source of construction injuries

Construction workers face a number of serious hazards at their work. From large equipment and machinery to falls and scaffolding failures, there are a large number of ways to sustain very serious injuries. One of the most common sources of construction site injuries is actually falling objects. It is unfortunately common for machinery, supplies or building materials to come loose and fall. These objects can either strike a worker, causing traumatic damage, or destabilize a work site, leading to a serious fall or machinery issue. There are preventative steps that can reduce the risk of falling objects.

Why construction site falls happen and how to prevent them

Of the many different types of injuries that can result in death on a construction site, falls took first place in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) survey of construction-related fatalities in 2015. In fact, in that year alone, there were some 350 construction workers that were killed as a result of falling, more than a third of 937 deaths which occurred on construction sites altogether.

Were you denied benefits for a scaffold injury?

Scaffolds are probably the most useful pieces of equipment at a California construction site. They're also the most dangerous. Considering that 65 percent of hardhat-wearing construction workers frequently use scaffolds on the job - and the fact they involve working high up in the air - it's understandable scaffold-related injuries are some of the most common at construction sites.

Demographic characteristics can impact risk of workplace injury

Researchers have combed through years of data on workplace injury, tying those statistics with data from demographic surveys, and they have found that a higher risk of injury on the job might be associated with minorities. They also said that demographic traits including education could impact the risk of someone being injured in the workplace.

Workers' compensation: Compensable injuries come from many causes

When you are injured at work, you are facing several different challenges. The severity of the injury is one of the biggest factors that impacts your future. If you have to miss work, you might not be able to pay your bills. If you need to get medical care, you might be worried about the cost of getting it.

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