By its very nature, construction work involves numerous risks. It’s physically demanding work that frequently involves working at heights or in precarious situations, as well as operating heavy machinery. It should come as no surprise that it can lead to some horrible accidents and serious injuries.
Some of the most common accidents that happen on a construction site are listed below.
You risk falling from heights
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration names the industry as one of the most hazardous due to the nature of the work.
It often involves working on the top of buildings or constructing the buildings themselves. It can also require you to operate in unstable conditions such as on scaffolding or in structures that are not safe.
As well as falling from something, there’s also the chance of falling into holes and ditches – some of which can be deep and full of debris.
Other risks include:
- Electrocution – construction can involve working with unsafe electrical wiring which, in turn, can cause electrocution and burns. This risk is also increased by working with machinery and at heights (especially when near electrical poles)
- Power tool injuries – cuts are common when using the tools needed on a construction site. They’re often strong and powerful as they need to cater to the demands of the job. In the worst-case scenario, workers can lose fingers or even limbs as a result of faulty equipment
- Repetitive strain injury – as already mentioned, this is hard, manual labor that can really take its toll on your body. Doing the same type of work every day can cause damage to muscle and tissue which can, if left untreated, leave you unable to work and even carry out everyday tasks
When a construction accident isn’t your fault and it leaves you unable to work, you should be able to make a claim for compensation to ease some of the financial worries and give you time to get back on your feet.