Construction sites pose various risks to workers, with crush accidents being an ongoing concern. These incidents can lead to severe injuries, impacting them physically, emotionally and financially.
Following an accident, workers may qualify for compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation costs associated with common crush injuries.
One of the most serious consequences of crush accidents is head injuries. Falling objects or machinery malfunctions can cause traumatic brain injuries, ranging from concussions to severe brain damage. Even with safety helmets, workers remain vulnerable to head trauma, highlighting the need for precautionary measures.
Crush accidents often result in severe damage to limbs, including fractures, amputations and severe soft tissue injuries. Heavy equipment, collapsing structures or caught-in-between accidents can lead to devastating consequences for workers’ arms, legs, hands and feet. The recovery process for such injuries is often long and painful, with extensive medical treatments and rehabilitation.
Spinal cord injuries
The force exerted in crush accidents can also lead to spinal cord injuries, causing partial or complete paralysis. These injuries not only impact the physical mobility of workers but also affect their quality of life. Preventive measures such as proper training, equipment maintenance and adherence to safety protocols are important for reducing the risk of injuries.
Internal organ damage
Crush accidents can result in internal organ damage, ranging from bruising to ruptures. Blunt force trauma from collapsing structures or heavy machinery can cause severe harm to vital organs, requiring immediate medical attention. Prompt intervention is necessary to prevent complications and improve the chances of recovery for affected workers.
Regular safety protocols and vigilance help to create a secure environment where the likelihood of crush accidents gets reduced.