Working on a construction site can be extremely dangerous and can result in the worst work-related injuries out there. Awareness and adhering to safety procedures are the most effective ways of hindering the occurrence of construction site accidents.
Eight Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents
Many constructions site injuries are caused from unsuspected or unavoidable accidents. However, there are some accidents that are avoidable if the proper precautions are taken. Here are eight common causes of construction site accidents.
- Slip and fall accidents. Injures that are caused from slipping and falling are extremely common on construction sites. At any given time, there are numerous pieces of equipment obstructing walkways and creating an unorganized atmosphere. Many people trip over equipment and materials, and the results can be devastating.
- Falling from scaffolding or other heights. Many construction jobs involve creating tall buildings and structures that require the workers to complete construction at high altitudes. Working at such heights makes falling off fatal in many circumstances.
- Falling objects. When building commercial buildings and other structures of high altitude, it is not uncommon for debris and material to sometimes fall from great heights. This is extremely dangerous when there are construction workers walking around. The likelihood of falling objects on a construction site is one of the main reasons that hard hats are required. These hats help prevents construction work-related injuries.
- Electrocution. Exposed wiring and power lines can make any construction site a minefield. If a worker comes into contact with exposed wiring, they can be shocked and severely injured.
- Struck by a vehicle. A lot of construction takes place right on the highway with thousands of cars whizzing by each day. Construction workers have to work dangerously close to oncoming traffic, and despite well-placed signs notifying drivers of a construction zone, some drivers don’t pay adequate attention, and the result is a struck worker.
- Being overworked. Overtime is a huge staple of construction work. However, if too much work is put in without adequate rest and hydration, it is quite easy to overextend oneself, and overexertion often leads to injury.
- Explosions and fires. Constructions are high-risk areas for fire and explosions because they remain unfinished for a substantial amount of time before completion, leaving piping, other utilities and electrical systems exposed.
- Malfunctioning machinery. Machinery is a vital part of any construction project, and sometimes machinery malfunctions cause sever injury to workers.
There are many ways that a worker can be injured when working in construction. Some ways are unavoidable and are an innate part of the very nature of construction, while others can be avoided by simply being careful and mindful of your surroundings.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site or at work, you are going to need a personal injury attorney that is ready and able to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free consultation.