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Common California Construction Site Injuries - I

Today's workers' compensation defense post will explore some of the more common injuries suffered by employees on construction sites.

Visit any construction site around the state of California, and you will see workers operating heavy equipment, carrying heavy loads, pushing or pulling building materials, lifting lumber or holding roofing tiles over their heads. While these types of actions are a vital element of job performance, they can also result in potentially debilitating injuries, decreased production and increased legal fees.    

Employers who are aware of these potential injuries can take steps to implement the necessary safety measures, saving their organization both time and money.

Back Injuries

There are small gelatinous discs located between the vertebrae of the spine that enable movement. When a worker pushes, pulls, lifts, stretches, bends or performs any other type of physical activity, these discs are compressed by both the ligaments and the back muscles.

However, if a worker is required to remain bent over for a prolonged period of time, the discs in their back can weaken and eventually rupture. This rather painful condition is known as a herniated disc.

In addition, workers also frequently suffer serious muscle strains or pulls in their backs. These conditions are typically caused by sudden, violent motions or repetitive motions.

Shoulder and Neck Injuries

Workers who place significant strain on their shoulders on a regular basis can suffer a rather serious condition known as bursitis. Bursitis is caused by an inflammation of the bursa, tiny fluid sacs located between the tendons and bones in the shoulder. An inflamed or swollen bursa makes shoulder movement painful or even impossible.

Another common injury suffered by workers who frequently place great stress on their shoulders is tendinitis. This condition is caused by inflamed shoulder tendons and can make shoulder movement difficult (if not impossible).

Future posts will examine this topic in greater detail, including potential steps that can be taken to prevent these injuries ... 

This post was provided for informational purposes only and not to be construed as legal advice. Stay tuned for further developments in the area of workers' compensation defense law ... 

Related Resources:
  
• Simple Solutions for Lifting, Holding and Handling Materials (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

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