Common Types of Construction Accidents

Construction sites are dangerous workplaces where workers are prohibited from operating without hard hats, safety boots, reflective coats, gloves, and goggles, among other types of safety gear. When working on a raised surface, safety harnesses are mandatory to ensure workers do not fall to the ground. Even with these precautions, workers often suffer injuries in construction accidents.

In a bid to improve the safety of construction workers, employers normally demand some sort of safety certification from the different types of workers operating in construction zones. They also give priority consideration to experienced construction workers.

Most construction firms also perform drug tests regularly, as well as breath tests every morning to ensure every worker is sober. During safety training, workers are normally taken through the different types of construction accidents as well as how to avoid them. Below is a list of the most common types of accidents recorded at construction sites:

Fall from Heights

This is one of the most common accidents, as well as one with the highest number of fatalities. Chimney masons and roofers are usually at the greatest risk for getting into these accidents. According to experts, fatality rates among roofing workers are the highest in the construction industry with 38.7 deaths in every 100,000 construction workers. Falls from heights account for over 34 percent of work-related deaths of construction workers.

Slip-and-Fall Incidents

While they may not typically be fatal, slip-and-falls are pretty common. This is because construction sites normally have a lot of debris, stray tools, and uneven surfaces that may lead to a fall, whether after slipping or tripping on something. The resulting injuries are usually treated at the construction site by the first aid team. Serious injuries are usually handled at local emergency rooms.

Falling Objects

In a multi-story building construction site, there are many types of objects that might fall to the ground and hit workers. They range from loose crane components and scaffolding to construction tools and materials. Whatever the case, when an object weighing a few pounds falls onto the head or shoulders of a worker on the ground, the worker can be seriously injured. This is why hard hats are mandatory in construction zones.

Electrocutions

Construction sites normally have exposed electrical wires and unfinished electrical systems. After all, there is work in progress. Unfortunately, this puts workers at risk of getting electrocuted.

Machine-Related Accidents

There are many types of heavy equipment and machines that are often used at construction sites. They include cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, jackhammers, and many other types of equipment. When poorly operated in the construction zone, these machines can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Imagine a bulldozer running over a worker while reversing, or a crane dropping the hoist in free fall due to a damaged braking system in the motor powering the hoist. Whatever the case, construction accidents involving machines normally cause serious injuries.

Trench Collapses

Digging of trenches is often needed in construction sites. In many cases, workers have to get into the trench to work. If the walls of the trench are loose and no reinforcement has been installed, the trench may collapse and trap the workers inside. This is a common type of construction accident.

If you get injured in a trench collapse or any other type of construction accident, the law firm of Mahoney & Mahoney, LLC can help you seek compensation through a personal injury claim.

 

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construction_site_safety

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3252/3252.html