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What are the most common construction injuries?

It is well known that working in construction comes with a hefty dose of risks. There are many causes of construction injuries, and some of them are much more obvious than others. 

Either way, it is important to be aware of the risk involved with working on a construction site. According to FindLaw, of the 3.3 million reported nonfatal injuries in 2009, construction workers experienced 9% of these. 

What are some of the more common construction injuries? 

Falling is very common at a construction site. There are many places where construction workers may fall down. Some of these places include roofs, ladders, and scaffolding. 
Falling objects also pose a considerable amount of danger at a construction site. In many construction sites, unsecured materials at tall heights often fall down. These can cause injury or even death, particularly if the construction worker is not wearing proper headgear.  

Suffering injury from equipment is also common. Forklifts failing to work, misfiring nail guns, and falling dumpsters are a constant threat. 

What are some less-common injuries? 

Many injuries may be invisible for a long time. Many construction workers suffer from a variety of respiratory diseases as a result of exposure to asbestos or coal. Many construction workers also have very high lead levels in their blood due to working on older construction sites. 
It is important to ensure that you work with a company that follows OSHA regulations and looks out for your safety. However, as a construction worker, it is also important for you to take responsibility and ensure that you follow the regulations and always wear a helmet on site. 

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