If you work in a dangerous environment, you’re probably extremely careful about paying attention on your worksite. In construction, this means watching for falling debris and swinging cranes, but also making sure your scaffolding is secure and ladders are placed well to avoid a serious fall.
While these dangers pose a very real risk to construction workers, it may surprise you to know that you are more likely to be injured by a pallet of cement than a falling beam. Over half of all back injuries suffered by construction workers are caused by daily wear and tear on the spine rather than a single event.
Repetitive stress back injuries can happen on construction sites in a number of ways, including:
- Constant heavy lifting or lifting materials improperly – This the biggest cause of repetitive injury. Many back problems arise from lifting a weight that is too heavy or lifting from the floor rather than at waist height, but cumulative injuries can still occur even if a worker has always demonstrated proper lifting technique.
- Repeated twisting, bracing, or holding an awkward posture – These can all put a strain on the spine and contribute to cumulative back injury.
- Vibration from tools and operating heavy machinery – This can jolt and twist the backbone, causing chronic back pain or recurring sensitivity.
- Many workers perform long hours of physical labor without breaks or rest – Employers may attempt to get the most from their workers by encouraging them to continue loading and unloading pallets or to finish a project before taking a break.
Long shifts, leaning over to weld, holding a sign for hours—any one of these can cause a repetitive stress back injury that puts you out of a job. If your years of service led to a serious spinal injury, we may be able to help you get justice and payment for your suffering. Send us an email with the details of your story, and we will tell you what you can do right now to help secure your future.