The risk for injury for workers who use jackhammers seems obvious. The chisel proves hazardous to the operator’s feet, and the sheer noise of the hammer seems like it would cause hearing loss regardless of ear protection. However, despite these apparent risks, the website ConstructionSolutions—a subsidiary of The Center for Construction Research and Training—reports that the more prominent injuries from the jackhammer come from repetitive stress.
A variety of musculoskeletal disorders involving the hand pose as a hazard to jackhammer operators. Additionally, since the jackhammer usually has the worker bent over, lower back pain and slipped discs plague operators, rendering many unable to work.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a work-related injury, there is help; contact a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer to learn how you can maximize your benefits after suffering from a work-related injury in Pennsylvania.
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