With warm weather drawing to a close in northern states, contractors can anticipate a decrease in heat-related injuries. The inherent risks of construction work, though, remain abundant.
A new study reflects workplace injury trends over the past 10 years for those who hold jobs like HVAC, plumbing, electric and carpentry. Perhaps not surprisingly, long-term employees file fewer workers’ compensation claims than new employees. However, seasoned contractors still require a significant amount of time off work because of job-related injuries.
Days off per type of incident
Medical attention and recovery time are common across all industries. Take strains, for example.
Repetitive stress injuries are problematic for workers who regularly complete the same movements. Twisting and lifting heavy pieces of equipment often make matters worse, and working in cramped spaces can take even more of a toll.
Industry-wide, strains require an average of 11 days off work. Time away from work for more significant workers’ compensation claims include:
- 14 days for cuts. Sharp moving parts required for task completion can result in serious lacerations.
- 19 days for burns. More significant than they are common, burns are a significant danger when working with electricity, chemicals, welding equipment and gas lines.
- 21 days for falls. Not everyone is good at balancing on a ladder. As you increase the distance from the ground and add power tools, the situation becomes even more precarious.
Safety requirements are plentiful for employers, along with potential accountability. No matter the type of injury suffered on the job, employees have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim.