We represent many injured construction workers here at Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, in Missouri. Consequently, we know as well as you do that when you work construction, you put your back at risk for injury each and every day. The nature of your job requires you to constantly lift, carry, move and otherwise deal with heavy equipment and materials, many of which are also bulky and unwieldy.
It likely will not surprise you to learn that construction workers face the highest risk of back injuries of any other worker group. Your risk is especially high if you work as one of the following:
- Stonemason or bricklayer
- Jackhammer operator
- Floor or wall tile installer
- Drywall installer
Extraordinary weight build-up
One of the major problems with musculoskeletal injuries is that they accumulate over time. While your first back injury may be relatively insignificant, your fifth, tenth or twentieth likely will be much more serious, especially if you are one of those workers who fails to take sufficient time off work to properly heal between injuries.
You likely also fail to realize just how much weight you actually lift while on the job. The Center for Construction Research and Training provides the following eye-opening example of how much weight a bricklayer actually lifts over time when (s)he hoists a 38-pound brick 200 times a day:
- 3.8 tons per day
- 19 tons per week
- 950 tons per year
Based on these incredible figures, it is no wonder why construction workers like you suffer so many back injuries during the course of their careers. It likewise is no wonder why in 2014 alone, construction workers lost an average of eight days of work for each back injury, racking up a total of over $46 in lost wages.
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