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How can crush injuries put you in serious danger?

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2022 | Construction Accidents

A falling heavy item or piece of equipment can do significant damage to your arms or legs, as well as your midsection and head.

If you are under something heavy or in a hard place for a long period of time, it can leave you with lasting injuries.

Hurt limbs

According to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, pelvic crush injuries can happen on a construction site when a scaffold collapses. The heavy metal and boards can fall onto you and trap you beneath them, crushing either your legs or arms under unmovable objects.

Since your nerves and lower body muscles are often hurt by this kind of injury, you may have trouble walking or urinating as you did before.

Lack of movement

Being able to escape a dangerous situation can help when a large truck or construction harms your body and causes a lack of blood flow. When you are continually trapped under a heavy object, the trauma and intense pressure can lead to worse pain and health complications.

A fallen item can break off of a ledge high above you and fall onto your head or spine, causing you to suffer from crush injuries.

Unable to react immediately

One of the most devastating aspects of a crush injury is the time between when you suffer from a vehicle running you over or trapping you and when you get medical help. Open wounds can get infected, especially if you are underneath the earth in a trench or tunnel.

Learning more about crush injuries and how serious they are matters when accidents happen at work.


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