Back injuries are not uncommon in the workforce. However, back injuries in the field of construction tend to be more severe.
This also means that construction workers face injuries severe enough to potentially end their careers.
Recovery from serious back injury
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASOP) discusses back injuries in the workforce. Back injuries can come from many sources, such as slipping, tripping or falling. Workers who get hit or crushed such as by vehicles or machinery may also experience back injuries. Of course, it is even possible to injure the back through mundane tasks like sitting, standing, walking or running.
More severe back injuries take a longer period of recovery and sometimes require more than just rest. Those with severe enough damage might even need to go through surgery to regain full or partial use of their back.
In such instances, workers have to take long periods of time off of work. This can put their position in jeopardy. It is impossible to tell how long a back injury will take to fully heal, and trying to return to work while the injury is still healing could make it even worse.
Permanent physical disabilities
Even more than that, the damage they suffer from may actually be enough to render them incapable of performing their job duties. This means they will not be able to return to their old job even after going through the healing process.
Due to the financial issues that crop up from job threats, many back injury victims will choose to pursue financial damages.