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Indiana Construction Accident Lawyer Presents:Jackhammers Can Lead to Serious Construction Accidents and Injuries

By Matthew Golitko on January 22, 2016

A construction worker holding a hard hat

The lawyers of Golitko & Daly have helped countless injury victims in and around the greater Indianapolis area, offering expert legal counsel in injury lawsuits involving construction accidents.

Any tool used by a construction worker at a work site can be the cause of a serious injury or accident. This is especially true of any power tools or industrial equipment. A jackhammer is among these most dangerous tools used by construction workers, and it can cause some serious injuries.

The Dangers of Jackhammers

Jackhammers are heavy, loud, and can cause serious injuries to workers who are using them. When a jackhammer falls over, it can crush feet or hands given its weight. Using a jackhammer can cause serious fatigue and strain on a person's muscles and joints, which can result in serious harm over long periods of use. Even if you are safely using a jackhammer, there is the possibility that the debris caused by the jackhammer may fly in different directions, striking the person using the jackhammer or people nearby.

There's something to be said about the noise of the jackhammer as well. If construction workers are not wearing the proper ear protection, jackhammers can do some lasting damage to a person's hearing over time.

Types of Injuries That May Occur

Some potential injuries that may be caused by jackhammers at construction sites include:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Sprained joints
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Hand and arm injuries
  • Foot and leg injuries
  • Eye injuries and vision loss
  • Ear injuries and hearing loss

It's important that construction workers note all safety guidelines when operating any sort of equipment.

How Construction Workers Can Keep Themselves Safe

When operating a jackhammer, construction workers should always wear heavy gloves to help ensure a strong hold on the jackhammer and reduce strain on the hands. It's important that workers always be wearing safety shoes when operating a jackhammer. Eye protection is also an important consideration as safety goggles will prevent serious eye injuries and potential vision loss.

Given the noise of a jackhammer as noted above, workers should also have ear plugs and proper earmuffs on to help reduce the damage that can be done to a person's hearing.

How Construction Accident Attorneys Can Help

If a construction worker is injured as a result of negligence at a work site, a construction accident attorney can help hold the negligent party accountable for his or her actions. This means noting unsafe work conditions, OSHA violations, and any hazards for workers and passerby. An attorney can focus on the complexities of pursuing compensation for medical bills and other losses while you can focus on recovery and finding a way forward.

Speak with the Lawyers of Golitko & Daly

For more information about your legal options following a serious construction accident, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our construction accident and injury attorneys today. The legal team at Golitko & Daly will help you make sound decisions when it comes to the litigation process.

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