Construction accidents are, sadly, a common occurrence. Even when companies strictly enforce safety measures, construction accidents can still occur. OSHA estimates that 13 construction workers die each day in the United States.
There are several common accidents that cause the most injuries and deaths in the construction industry.
Falls from heights
One of the primary risks in construction work involves falls from high elevations. This can include falls from ladders, scaffolding, roofs or other platforms. Inadequate fall protection, unstable surfaces or improper use of safety equipment contribute to these accidents.
Struck by objects
Construction sites contain heavy machinery, tools and materials. Workers are at risk of getting struck by objects that may fall or be accidentally propelled. This can lead to serious injuries, such as fractures, head injuries or internal trauma.
Construction sites often involve complex electrical systems. Workers may come into contact with live wires, faulty equipment or damaged electrical installations. These situations can result in severe electrical injuries, ranging from burns to cardiac problems.
Caught between objects
Construction workers work near heavy equipment and machinery. They may become trapped or caught between machinery, materials or structural elements. This type of accident can lead to crush injuries, amputations or fatalities.
Slips, trips and falls
Uneven surfaces, debris or slippery conditions can lead to slips, trips and falls. These accidents may cause a range of injuries, from sprains and fractures to more severe head injuries or spinal damage.
Overexertion and repetitive stress injuries
Construction work is physically demanding, often requiring lifting heavy objects or performing repetitive tasks.
Overexertion and repetitive stress injuries can lead to musculoskeletal disorders like strains and sprains. They can also cause chronic conditions like tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Equipment malfunctions due to improper maintenance or manufacturing defects can result in accidents. Workers may face injuries from malfunctioning power tools, cranes or other equipment.
Construction sites may contain hazardous substances like dust, asbestos, or toxic fumes. Without proper respiratory protection, workers are at risk of inhaling these harmful substances, leading to respiratory conditions or long-term health problems.
While construction sites are invaluable for infrastructure growth, they pose inherent risks to workers. Vigilance, adherence to safety protocols and proper training are important in mitigating these common accidents.