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Why are injuries so common in construction work?

Brooklyn is known for its vibrancy and thriving metropolitan environment. Part of this allure is the promise of evolution; the scenery is constantly changing as buildings are renovated, torn down and newly constructed. The latter of these--construction--is a constant. No matter where you go, you are likely to see scaffolding and construction zones making way for new buildings.

According to AM New York, there were a record number of building permits issued recently, so you can only expect to see more construction. Unfortunately, with this surge, there will likely be an increased number of injuries, too--but why are injuries so common on construction sites?

Elevated surfaces and scaffolds

Construction typically starts at the ground level and works upward. The higher the height, the greater your risk of falling becomes. Workers often have to work on elevated surfaces and scaffolding far above the ground below, and a little slip can easily result in serious injuries or even death. It is imperative that proper safety procedures be in place to prevent such accidents.

Physical exertion

Construction work is risky for a number of reasons--but one of the most fundamental is the pure physical labor required by the job. Construction is hard work that often puts significant pressure on the body. This can result in injuries such as sprains and strains if you are not careful. Even the most cautious construction worker, though, can be susceptible to these injuries.

Obstacles and uneven surfaces

Tools, obstacles and other hazards can litter a construction site and make it unsafe to walk around. Tripping is a serious risk in any area that is under construction, and uneven surfaces can contribute to this, too. You should take any trip and fall that results from such conditions seriously and have it treated by a medical professional.

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