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What Are the 9 Most Common Injuries on Construction Sites? Austin Injury Attorney Investigates

By Luke Dow on June 28, 2016

A job-related accident is a frightening experience. In addition to the initial pain, some victims cannot return to work. Medical bills, lost income and other expenses can cost a veritable fortune, which can threaten the finances of entire families.

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This scenario is far too common in the construction industry. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of death or injury is three times higher in construction than in any other profession.

If you suffered an injury on the job in Texas, you may have grounds for a workers’ compensation claim. However, making a successful claim can be a legally complex endeavor. The insurance company may deny your claim or offer a low payout. Also, your employer may argue that you do not deserve compensation.

If your employer or the insurance company is treating you unfairly, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.

Luke Dow is a personal-injury lawyer in Austin who can protect your interests.


Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also learn more about workers’ compensation claims in Texas by visiting

Here is a brief overview of nine common injuries on construction sites:

  1. Back Injuries
Spinal cord injuries often happen when workers fall from high scaffolding or unstable ladders. If the spinal cord severs, the victim is likely to suffer paralysis. Disability and chronic pain often accompany these injuries.
  1. Cuts
Cuts may not seem serious, but a deep laceration can cause life-threatening blood loss. Even a small wound can lead to infection.

Fortunately, most cuts are avoidable. Workers should wear protective clothing, footwear, and gloves that are designed for their specific tasks.

  1. Head Trauma
Traumatic brain injuries can happen when heavy tools fall on workers’ heads. This is why construction companies must provide hard hats and other essential protective gear to employees.
  1. Amputation
Hands and fingers are particularly vulnerable to amputation when working with sharp and heavy tools. Serious accidents can amputate limbs, but it is more common that a surgeon would remove a limb to save a worker’s life.
  1. Loss of Hearing
Many construction veterans have trouble hearing. Workers may be able to avoid this injury if they wear earplugs. This is particularly important when laboring near jackhammers and other loud equipment.
  1. Burns
Construction sites are peppered with flammable materials, exposed wires, leaking gas and other burn hazards. These wounds can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement.
  1. Fractures
As the Occupational Safety & Health Administration explains, broken bones can happen at any time on a construction site. They are common when malfunctioning machinery crushes or traps workers.
  1. Loss of Eyesight
Vision loss can happen gradually – for example, due to long-term exposure to harmful chemicals and gasses. Flying projectiles and falling debris can also cause blindness. As such, workers should always wear eye protection whenever there is a risk of injury.
  1. Heatstroke
Heatstroke can be deadly – especially in Texas’s hot summer sun. According to Mayo Clinic, heatstroke can cause organs to fail. Common symptoms include:
  • Confusion;
  • Vomiting;
  • Nausea;
  • Rapid heartbeat;
  • Headache;
  • And high body temperature.
If you were injured on the job in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin injury attorney who can help you pursue the maximum compensation for lost income, medical bills and other damages. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.


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