What makes construction so dangerous for workers?

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2021 | Workers Compensation |

Spending the day at work should not prove dangerous. However, for those who work in construction, accidents occur at alarming rates.

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. While there are safety standards in place to protect workers, so many safety risks onsite increase the chances of an injury. Find out the most dangerous aspects of a construction site and how to avoid becoming a statistic.

Falls

Falls land squarely at the top of the top mechanism of injury list in and around construction areas. Between scaffolding, ladders and roof work, falling from a height on the job occurs regularly. While safety measures exist, these articles may impede movement, and workers do not always use them. Without them, however, the chance of falls increases as do injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Back injury
  • Bone fractures

Falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers.

Equipment

The tools and equipment construction workers use may also lead to injuries. Tools, such as nail guns may prove dangerous if not utilized in the proper fashion or with the right training. Small tools exposed to water may also pose an electrocution hazard. Crane operators should have undergone extensive training or risk hurting others on the site. Some workers may become crushed when trenches collapse without the proper equipment and materials.

Staying safe on a construction site may come down to implementing personal protection against risky activities. Become educated on the type of equipment that workers should have access to on every job.