Construction sites are dangerous places for workers. Out of 4,693 work-related deaths in 2016, 21.1% were in the construction industry.
The injury rate for construction workers is higher than any other industry, and construction workers are at risk every day at work.
These workers are around heavy machinery, building materials, scaffolding, and other on-the-job hazards. If you or a loved one has suffered a construction-related accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Let’s take a look at 10 of the most common construction accidents.
1. Slips and Falls
From tools and materials on the ground to holes and uneven ground, there are numerous construction hazards that can lead to a slip or fall. Many construction workers must work at high heights on ladders, scaffolding, roofs, and windows.
This puts them at high risk for falls and serious injury or death.
2. Risk of Electrocution
A construction site is a work in progress. Exposed wiring, unfinished electrical systems, and power lines put workers at risk for electrocution.
These types of injuries can lead to serious burns, organ damage, loss of tissue or limbs, or death.
3. Caught In-Between
Construction workers are in close proximity to heavy equipment and machinery. If safety guidelines are not in place, workers can get caught in between machinery, fallen debris, or other immovable objects.
When this occurs, a worker’s body may be squeezed or crushed between objects leading to serious injury or death.
Construction workers often work long hours in extreme heat or freezing weather. Hours of labor in extreme conditions can lead to overexertion.
It’s not uncommon for these workers to fall victim to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, frostbite, or other injuries due to overexertion.
Workers need time during the workday to get out of the elements and rest, but unfortunately, many workers do not get this opportunity.
Musculoskeletal disorders due to overexertion are common in the construction industry. Repetitive lifting, pulling, pushing, bending, and working in awkward positions can lead to a work-related injury.
These injuries include herniated disks, pinched nerves, strains, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, and others.
5. Falling Debris or Objects
Construction projects often involve multiple levels at great heights, and this increases the risk of injuries from falling objects. This is a common type of injury on construction sites, especially when safety guidelines are not in place.
Falling tools, beams, equipment, and other building materials can strike workers and lead to catastrophic injury or death.
6. Fires and Explosions
Fires and explosions do occur on construction sites, and these are some of the worst types of construction accidents. Unfinished piping, incomplete electrical systems, gas leaks, and other hazards can lead to fires or explosions.
Large construction sites often have diesel or gas pumps for on-site vehicles and equipment, which poses a fire risk. Construction fires or explosions can lead to severe burn injuries or death.
There is also the danger from chemical or toxic substances on construction sites. These hazards can cause eye and skin irritation and burns. Compressed gasses used in cutting, brazing, and welding are flammable. These can spark easily, leading to serious burns or death.
7. Machinery Accidents
Construction workers operate powerful heavy equipment and machinery. An error while operating heavy machinery can result in serious injuries including broken bones, head injuries, amputation, and paralysis.
These types of accidents are common. Untrained or unskilled machinery operators can hit scaffolding or other building materials and put themselves and other workers at risk.
Busy work sites may have large trucks, dump trucks, forklifts, excavators, and other vehicles moving throughout the site. Operator error or bad equipment can cause accidents or collisions.
Heavy equipment that is not properly maintained is another hazard for workers. Heavy equipment accidents are serious and one of the most fatal types of construction accidents.
8. Drilling Accidents
Many construction workers operate power tools and large drills on the job. These tools should be in good working order for safe use.
When drilling accidents happen, workers can experience electrical shock or injuries to the eyes, face, or hands. Construction companies should train workers for proper equipment use, inspect equipment regularly, and provide workers with proper safety clothing.
9. Scaffolding Collapse
Scaffolding is a temporary structure to help workers reach high areas as they work. Many construction workers perform all or part of their duties while on scaffolding.
Their lives depend on the stability of these structures. When scaffolding structures collapse, workers can suffer serious injuries, paralysis, or death.
Scaffolding accidents and other construction accidents can leave workers unable to work for months or years. Some accident victims are permanently disabled or require long-term rehabilitation and medical care.
10. Trench Accidents
Trenches are common on construction sites. Without proper safeguards in place, trenches can cave in or collapse.
These accidents are dangerous because workers can get trapped as a trench collapses. Trench accidents are often fatal or result in serious injury or disability.
Victims of Construction Accidents
Poor equipment, improper training, or lack of safety measures can lead to construction accidents and serious injuries for construction workers. These injuries are all too common and can result in long-term disability and significant loss of income.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on-the-job, it is a very stressful time. You may be unable to work and have mounting medical bills.
This impacts your daily life and your family as well. When an injury prevents you from working, you can quickly find yourself in a difficult financial situation.
In many cases, accident victims can get help through worker’s compensation, or they may be entitled to compensation from a negligent employer.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can protect your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. Our legal team is here to help. Contact us today.