Most Common Construction Accidents and How to Avoid Them: It’s no secret that construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs. In fact, construction sites have the highest rate of injury in comparison to other dangerous work environments. Just the thought of working hundreds of feet in the air using heavy machinery with nothing but some steel beams between you and the ground is enough to make anyone feel dizzy. Now imagine working in this type of environment knowing the risks involved. Construction accidents may very well be virtually unavoidable, but with awareness and following safety guidelines, the risk of injury can be reduced.
Common Factors in Construction Accidents
Unsteady flooring, heavy equipment, power tools, and all of the other dangerous elements that are involved in construction, safety needs to be of utmost importance. Being aware of the dangers you could potentially face and knowing how to avoid them can keep you out of harm’s way and ensure your safety. Here’s a look at some of the most common construction accidents and how to avoid them.
- Falls – Working at heights that many would consider death-defying, it’s no surprise that falls are one of the most common construction site accidents. A fall can result in a broken bone, a concussion or even worse; death. It’s vital that sturdy and secure scaffolding is used to elevate platforms in avoiding falls. Installing guardrail systems can also help to prevent falls. Of course, using a secure safety net or a personal fall arrest system can minimize injuries should a fall occur.
- Electrocution – It’s not uncommon to find exposed electrical wiring on a job site, and those wires pose a significant risk to the people who may come in contact with them. To reduce the risk of electrocution, make sure that all wires are labeled clearly and correctly. Additionally, making sure that the electricity is turned off and that exposed wires are kept out of high traffic areas to minimize the potential for electrocution.
- Falling Debris – From tools to sheetrock, or even a lunch pail, falling debris is no rarity in the construction industry. This falling debris can result in some pretty serious construction accidents resulting in injuries like concussions, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injuries. To limit the injuries from falling debris, ensure that hard hats are worn at all times.
- Faulty Machinery – Heavy machinery is a staple in the construction industry. Without this machinery, completing a job wouldn’t be possible. However, despite their importance, heavy machinery can also lead to serious injury. Constructions accidents can be avoided by ensuring workers are properly trained to use it.
Injuries from construction accidents can be reduced with education and proper training of all workers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
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