The Five Most Common Construction Accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), out of the 4,379 workplace fatalities in 2015, about 937 or 21.4% were construction-related accidents. Without a doubt, construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces. This is why construction workers have a higher risk of job accidents and fatalities.
There are many types of construction-related injuries. Among the most common are broken bones, burns, paralysis, amputation of limbs, loss of vision or eye injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, poisoning or exposure to chemicals, cuts, sprains or even death.
As a responsible employer, your company must make sure to exercise safety measures in running a construction project. Apart from taking extra precautions, you should include training with equipment handling and regular workplace safety assessments. There must also be clear safety policies that must be implemented properly. Another practical move is to familiarize the company and the workers with the different types of injuries and how they can be prevented.
Most Common Construction Accidents in the U.S.
The presence of scaffolds, ladders, windows, cranes, roofs and other elevated and high areas in construction makes the likelihood of falls higher than most other accidents. Cranes and scaffolds that are not properly erected pose an extra hazard to construction workers.
Falling can result in fatal injuries or even death. Construction workers can file a personal injury lawsuit in cases of falls while the family of the deceased has the right to file charges in the case of death resulting from a fall.
2. Struck by an Object
Because of heights and multiple levels, the danger of falling objects such as tools, debris or building materials is very high in construction sites, most especially when these materials are not properly secured. According to OSHA, 9.6% of construction accidents are caused by falling objects. Even though hard hats can help protect the head, the rest of the body is still susceptible to different kinds of injuries.
3. Caught in Between Objects or Equipment
Improper use of equipment and the presence of heavy machinery may pose a danger to construction workers. Even equipment that malfunctions or fails to function at all can be the cause of accidents. Being caught or compressed in between heavy objects and equipment may cause serious injuries or even death.
Construction sites are filled with wiring connections, electrical equipment, and components, which is why electrical accidents in such places are common. Faulty wiring, unfinished electrical systems, and unfinished electrical wiring can all lead to shock and electrocution. About 8.6 % of construction accidents are caused by electrocution.
5. Struck by Moving Vehicle
Most construction sites are located near highways and roads. Many circumstances like poor lighting can lead to accidents especially when drivers are not paying attention to the road. Most construction accidents are caused by huge trucks that are backing away from construction sites.
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Because construction sites are naturally dangerous places extra precaution, both on the side of the supervisors and the workers must always be exercised. Although you must always make sure that on-the-job injuries are prevented, they are inevitable, especially in risky workplaces. In cases of injuries, workers should contact a lawyer to take care of the legal process.