According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the construction industry employed 6.4 million workers in the United States in August of 2015; 183,800 of these construction jobs were in Virginia. Unfortunately, if any of these construction employees suffer an injury on the job, it can result in significant damage and affect their ability to work. One of the most common types of injuries resulting from construction site accidents is a back injury. At Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC, we represent workers that have been involved in construction accidents. We will investigate the details of your case to determine which party is at fault and ensure that your rights are protected. If you have been involved in a construction accident and suffered a back injury, contact our Richmond, VA practice today.
Causes of Back Injuries on Construction Sites
Construction jobs are inherently more dangerous than office jobs. Because they involve the use of heavy machinery, working at heights, and repetitive motions, they can result in serious back injuries. Some of the causes of back injuries on construction sites include:
- Falls: Construction workers often work on ladders, scaffolding, and cranes. When proper safety precautions are not in place, these devices may fail or workers may accidently fall off of these structures. In addition, workers may fall into trenches or holes if they are not properly covered or there are no warning signs.
- Accidents involving heavy equipment: Construction workers commonly operate heavy machinery, such as backhoes, forklifts, cranes, and pavers. Due to their size, they can cause serious injuries to workers when collision or rollover accidents occur.
- Accidents involving power tools: Power tools such as jackhammers can put serious strain on the back if they are used incorrectly or repeatedly.
- Lifting heavy equipment: Many construction jobs require workers to carry heavy equipment on a daily basis. Over time, this can damage the structures of the spine, resulting in severe back pain.
- Repetitive motion and overuse: Construction workers often suffer from repetitive motion injuries. The regular use of power tools, carrying heavy loads, and bending over for long periods of time can cause a back injury.
Types of Back Injuries
Construction accidents can result in many different back injuries, including paralysis, muscle or tendon injuries, herniated discs, degenerative discs, crushed vertebrae, torn ligaments, radiculopathy, and spinal fractures.
Do You Have a Case?
If you have suffered a work-related injury, you may have a workers’ compensation or personal injury case. Generally, workers’ compensation cases are filed on behalf of workers that suffered a repetitive motion injury, or workers that suffered an accident for which they are at fault. A personal injury case may be filed if another person or party was negligent, and that negligence contributed to your accident or injury. For example, if your employer did not offer sufficient training on the use of power tools or heavy equipment, or did not have proper safety precautions (such as warning signs) in place, you may have a personal injury case.
If you have suffered a back injury as the result of a construction accident, contact Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC.