Recent data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission revealed that over the past year, construction was the fastest-growing area of employment in Louisiana. In fact, the construction industry added over 9,000 jobs in the past three years. Although these jobs are employing thousands of people while building and remodeling businesses, homes, and community centers; they brings about work-related injuries.
Construction sites are very dangerous and the work is very physical. Construction workers are often required to use powerful machinery, climb to great heights or work on roadsides where traffic accidents may occur. Every year one in ten construction workers are injured and over the course of a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chance of dying. There are three main causes of injury on construction sites.
The majority of construction-related injuries are due to falls: Especially on scaffolds. Scaffolds are temporary platforms that provide access for construction workers at heights that are normally out of reach. With nearly 2.3 million construction workers using scaffolding on a regular basis, a high number of accidents correspond with this danger.
Approximately 33 percent of construction worker injuries are due to cuts and lacerations because construction workers are constantly in contact with sharp edges, objects, and other materials. 8 percent of these accidents are due to being struck by objects such as tools falling out of a construction belt or an item may fall from a floor above the worker. Injuries have also been caused by often outdated hand tools and powered equipment that can lack safety guards.
The injuries that occur aren’t just limited to the exterior of the body. Construction workers over age 50 have more incidences of serious illness like chronic lung disease and arthritis than their white collar peers. Overexertion and heat-related injuries make up a large portion of injury as well. Lifting heavy materials and working for more than 10 hours a day is completely normal for construction workers but can cause a lifetime of pain.
Most employees in Louisiana are covered by workers compensation insurance from the day they start employment, no matter if the employees are full-time, part-time, seasonal, or minors. For employee protection, employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance or to be approved to self-insure. After an injury, you may be coping with serious medical problems, ongoing pain and financial worries due to missed work and medical bills. It’s important to choose the right medical professionals when it comes to serious work injuries.
LA Health Solutions has an experienced team of workers’ compensation doctors that are prepared to help you manage your pain. Our staff has undergone extensive training to understand the Louisiana Workers’ compensation guidelines and are in the best position to fight for your health. Instead of waiting endlessly for relief, LA Health Solutions has a 95% approval rate our patients receive necessary treatment immediately. If you are suffering from a work-related injury see us today!