No house gets built without a certain amount of pain and bloodshed. Cuts, scrapes, blood blisters, and blue thumbnails are all in a day's work for many builders. Builders also tend to discount the kind of long-term injuries that develop over the course of years in the trades, including hearing damage, aching knees and elbows, and beat-up hands.

Unfortunately, this tough-it-out mentality has a way of spilling over into other areas. Cultivating a casual attitude toward the types of hazards that cause minor injuries can lead to carelessness about things like ladders, scaffolds, excavations, and other hazards that can send you to the hospital or kill you.

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