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The Most Common Types of Construction Accidents

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. 

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

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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.

Electrocutions

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.

Trench collapse

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 andexplosions. 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.

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