By its very nature, construction labor presents a variety of risks. It’s physically demanding work that occasionally requires working at heights or in perilous situations, and it involves operating large machines. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that it can cause some terrible accidents and severe injuries.
Here are a few of the most frequent accidents that happen on construction sites:
Working at heights poses a risk of falling
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration names the industry as one of the most hazardous due to the nature of the work. Workers may be required to work on scaffolding, on top of buildings, or in other hazardous situations. Falls and slips are likely to result from this. Another danger is the possibility of falling into ditches and deep holes.
Some other risks include:
- Exposure to asbestos: It isn’t usually obvious that a building contains asbestos until work is being done on it or it is being torn down. Long-term asbestos exposure can result in serious illnesses including cancer, some of which may not manifest for a very long time.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: Repeatedly performing the same task can lead to a condition known as repetitive strain injury, which can be crippling if left untreated.
- Power tool cuts and injuries: The tools used on construction sites must be strong and heavy-duty. It happens frequently for people to accidentally cut themselves with tools on the job or even lose limbs.
- Electrocution: Working with machinery, coming into contact with potentially dangerous electrical wires, and working at heights all increase the risk of electrocution.
Being injured on the construction site can leave you with financial worries. An award of workers’ compensation can help you with paying the bills until you can work again.