If your biggest safety issue at work is spilling hot coffee all over you,
consider yourself lucky. Those in the construction field are exposed to
dangers that pose a threat to their safety almost every day. Data from
a National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that construction
laborers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the US.
No matter how many safety regulations are put in place, construction sites
are still highly hazardous and unfortunately, injuries and death are a
common occurrence. Here is a list of the most common injuries in the construction
field and how to prevent them:
1. Slips and Trips. Construction sites aren’t exactly the most tidy.
They can be filled with a number of materials and substances laying around.
Oil spills or other liquid spills also pose a hazard to workers. As a
result, injuries from tripping over obstacles are the most common injury
Prevention Tip: Keep high-traffic areas clear of clutter at all times.
Cleaning up a work area is often overlooked but can make a big difference.
If an employee encounters a spill, they should report it to their manager
2. Falls. Injuries from heightened areas happen often due to the fact that
so many construction projects are carried out in elevated areas. The reasons
workers sustain injuries from falls is due to the lack of guardrails in place.
Prevention Tip: Ensure that sufficient guardrails are in place, as well
as making sure scaffolding is sturdy. At extreme heights, workers should
be equipped with safety gear such as harnesses and rope grabs.
3. Struck by falling objects. While it is required that construction workers
wear safety protection, sometimes that isn’t enough. Falling objects
such as tools, materials and other debris can cause serious and sometimes
life-threatening injuries. It’s best to try to prevent this from
happening at all.
Prevention Tip: Fences and barricades can help prevent objects from falling
and injuring workers below.
4. Electrocutions. Electrocutions can be deadly and electrical safety is
something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Common causes of injury
and death include coming in contact with exposed electrical wires, defective
machinery, and charged metal objects.
Prevention Tip: Most non-electrical workers have none to little knowledge
of electrical safety standards. It’s important that your whole construction
crew has basic electrical safety knowledge. Regular safety inspections
are also a must.
5. Vehicle Related Accidents. One in three fatal
construction accidents involves a vehicle. Whether it be a worker being hit by a reversing car,
or workers being struck by forklift trucks, it’s often lack of training
that’s to blame.
Prevention Tip: The proper training and vehicle-only areas can greatly
reduce the chances of workers being injured by vehicles. Setting up signs
and barriers will ensure that workers know that they should not be in
Even though most construction workers are skilled and well trained, accidents
still happen. While workers’ compensation is available, it’s
usually not enough to cover the victim’s family. You need the help
construction accident attorneys to get you the compensation you deserve.Contact The Kyle Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.