Sunday, February 12, 2012

Construction Laborers and Work Injuries

Performing heavy labor at a construction site can lead to work injuries. Construction laborers commonly sustain injuries to their back, fingers and hands, and knees, as the result of repetitive, strenuous job activities.

Some types of job activities, that when performed repetitively for prolonged periods of time, can lead to injuries, include:
  • Exerting significant force to perform tasks or use tools 
  • Remaining in a static position for extended periods of time 
  • Pressure against a body part from a hard surface or edge 
  • Using awkward back, hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder positions 
  • Working in positions such as bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, or overhead reaching, repetitively, or for prolonged periods 
  • Sitting on, standing on, or holding vibrating equipment or tools 
  • Working in very hot or very cold temperatures 
Symptoms of a construction injury can include:
  • Pain 
  • Stiffness 
  • Aching 
  • Fatigue 
  • Temperature changes in the hands or feet 
  • Swelling 
  • Numbness 
  • Tingling 
  • Changes in skin color 
  • Weakness 
  • Loss of sensation 
If you sustain an injury on the job as a construction laborer, it’s important to get medical attention. It is also important that you report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. If you sustain an on-the-job construction labor injury in Minnesota, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical expense benefits, wage loss benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, and/or rehabilitation benefits.

Construction workers often run into unique issues on their workers' compensation cases, including insurance coverage issues, and third party liability issues. An experienced Minnesota workers' compensation lawyer can help you navigate the system. To learn more about your Minnesota workers’ compensation rights, contact Meuser & Associate at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email for a FREE, NO-OBLIGATION case evaluation.


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