The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists four major categories of accidents that occur on construction sites. These include falls, electrocutions, and caught-in-betweens. Many accidents were preventable, but a lack of safety measures often led to injury. Victims of construction accidents must pay large medical bills and lose pay while off the job. Injuries from construction site accidents can occur to any worker, but there are many common causes.
Falling – When a worker falls from a height, the fall may result in catastrophic injuries. A worker may fall while standing between two objects, such as scaffolding. The most common type of fall-in-between accident is caught-in-between, which happens when a worker is trapped between two objects. These accidents can be caused by construction equipment rollovers or unsafe working conditions. Slip-and-fall accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to workers, so you must take steps to protect yourself by wearing a hard hat and appropriate safety gear.
Lack of safety measures can cause falls from heights. While ladders may look safer, they are not. Falls from a single story can cause catastrophic trauma. Ladders must be regularly inspected to meet OSHA standards. Even a ladder with defective rungs can cause a worker to fall. Workers should be trained in using heavy equipment, and the workplace should have emergency response teams on hand.
Falls account for over 33 percent of all construction fatalities. Falls can result from open sided floors, unsafe scaffolding, unsafe portable ladders, and unsafe work areas. In addition to falls, other common causes of construction accidents are struck-by hazards. Some common struck-by hazards are falling objects, flying objects, and stairwells without guardrails. Additionally, workers are at higher risk of falling due to high elevations. Companies that fail to meet minimum safety standards for workers may be held legally liable.
If you are injured on the job, you should report the incident to your supervisor immediately. Record the date of the accident and who accepted the report. Take pictures of the accident scene and any injuries you sustain. Keep records of any medical treatments, including dates and doctors’ names. If the employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, you may need to prove your innocence and file a claim. If you do so, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Falls are the most common cause of construction-related deaths. In a recent study, construction workers died of electrocutions, falls, and being caught-in-between objects. OSHA’s “Fatal Four” list also includes electrocution and being struck by an object. Other factors may contribute to a construction accident, including a lack of protective gear, improper work site conditions, and negligent or unsafe use of tools.
The most common causes of injury on a construction site are improper or nonexistent safety measures. Falling objects can be tools, construction materials, and debris. Many of these accidents can be avoided with proper training. Another cause of injury is electrocution, which can occur when a person or a piece of equipment comes into contact with an electrical source, such as a power line or a faulty electrical component. Electrocutions on a construction site often occur due to a lack of knowledge about potential electrical hazards and how to protect themselves.
Falling is the most common cause of construction site accidents, and accounts for over thirty-five percent of fatalities on a construction site. Workers can fall from scaffolding, ladders, roofs, or chimneys. The severity of a fall is dependent on how far workers fall and whether they’re wearing safety gear. The fall can also be fatal if a worker loses their footing while at a height. Even a simple mistake can lead to a fall from an elevated work surface.
Electrical hazards are another potential source of accident on a construction site. Exposed wiring, power lines, and unfinished electric systems make the site very dangerous. Any contact with these electrical hazards can cause an electrocution or shock. Electrocution is one of the top four leading causes of fatal accidents in the workplace. Fires are another common cause of accident on a construction site. If a worker has not worn safety gear, he or she can strike an electrical power line.