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Published: April, 2014; Vol 10, Num 11

It’s Your Body, So Know Where You’re Most at Risk

Do you know which part of the body you are most likely to injure when working in construction?

The answer: your upper body, which includes the shoulders, arms, hands and wrists.

However, if you were asked that question 10 years ago, the answer would have been different – back injuries used to be the most common injury among construction laborers.

Most recent (2012) injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Most recent (2012) injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

More importantly, do you know the common causes of these injuries and the simple steps you can take to help prevent them from happening to you and those around you?

All of this information and more is available in It’s Your Body, which can be ordered through the Publications Catalogue. The LHSFNA has recently updated this short booklet with the most recent data available and given it a fresh, colorful design.

Being aware of the most common injuries facing construction laborers is an important step toward reducing accidents and keeping Laborers safe on the job. 

[Nick Fox]