A construction site can be a flurry of activity, often times moving too fast for an unready or inexperienced manager to handle. In these situations, a construction worker may be asked to move something manually without the help of a machine. For many smaller objects or tasks, this is not too much of a problem, and leads to no further incidents. However, in certain cases, a weight may be unreasonably heavy for a single person to lift, and an injury can arise.
For construction workers, the first concern of any job is safety. However, this can be jeopardized if a task is on a tight deadline and absolutely needs to be completed both correctly and quickly. In these instances, the proper protocol may call for a machine to assist in the moving process instead of a just a group of workers. These situations can lead to a small mistake, which in turn may lead to injuries for workers due to the scale of the lift.
In conjunction with materials simply weighing too much, an awkward object can lead to an awkward lift. If a worker is in a strange position and cannot properly lift something because of spatial restrictions, they may either resort to using their back to lift or use a bad stance to support their own weight. A back injury or an injury to the legs can be devastating to the career of a construction worker, as they often rely on their good health and good strength to finish necessary tasks.
Poor lifting grip can also contribute to serious accidents, leading to major injuries. Without assistance, these lifts should not be attempted.
For more information on how workers can protect themselves if they have been injured, contact a workers’ compensation attorney.