The construction industry poses a high risk of accidents for its employees
as well as pedestrians passing by construction sites. In 2010, over 700
deaths were recorded as a result of
construction accidents according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Furthermore, 4% of construction
workers are involved in non-fatal accidents every year.
Here are some of the most common accidents related to the construction industry:
Falls from heights
Because of the nature of construction sites, workers are expected to work
at high heights, and are at a high risk of falling if the proper safety
measures are not taken. From the same study in 2010, 34% of construction-related
deaths are caused by these kinds of accidents.
Construction sites often require the use of machinery and equipment to
expedite work. However, they sometimes are more dangerous than helpful,
especially if they malfunction and backfire on its operators. Furthermore,
the possible exposure to live electrical wiring and power lines put construction
workers at a high risk of injury and possibly, even death.
Slips and falls
From poorly maintained surfaces to stray tools and materials, the risk
of slipping and falling in construction sites is also high. Furthermore,
improperly marked excavation sites have also been known to cause injuries
not only to workers, but passers-by as well.
Trenches are often found on construction sites, and they may possibly collapse
while a worker is still inside, causing them to be hit by surrounding
machinery, tools, or buried in dirt.
Getting caught between materials and equipment
In a construction site you will find several tools, equipment and machinery
that are to be operated by the construction workers. Without the proper
training on how to use them, they may end up stuck and trapped between
immobile objects and cause serious injuries
Fires and explosions
Aside from electrocution, exposed electrical lines could cause fires and
explosions. Furthermore, some construction sites require the use of flammable chemicals
that can worsen the problem.
Being hit by a vehicle
For construction sites that are adjacent to roads and highways, a distracted
driver can accidentally hit a construction worker who is working nearby.
Likewise, the worker himself can be distracted and end up in the dangerous
side of the road where trucks and large vehicles can hit him.
Over-fatigue and overexertion
Continuous hours of hard labor, with the occasional overtime can cause
too much stress on the construction workers. Moreover, construction sites
are usually hot and humid areas, and some workers may find themselves
working in a poorly-ventilated area. They can subject themselves to over-fatigue
and even heat stroke.
Construction sites should always be supervised and well maintained for
the welfare of its workers, because an accident could either mean a gash
or a wound, or a serious injury that will render the individual unable
to work again. This not only means physical impairment, but the possible
loss of the family’s source of income. If you or a loved one have
suffered injuries because of your employer’s negligence, the lawyers
of the Kyle Law Firm would love to represent your case.