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Common construction site injuries

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Construction Injuries |

Construction sites are bustling with activity, where workers bring architectural dreams to life. However, safety concerns are ever-present amidst the hustle and bustle. Despite strict safety protocols, accidents happen, resulting in injuries that vary from minor to severe.

Common causes of injuries

If you’re a construction worker, it is important to understand some of the most common dangers you may encounter on the job.

  • Falls:  A construction worker may fall from a height, or slip and fall. They may fall from scaffolding, ladders, or roofs. A worker could also slip because of uneven surfaces, or there are slippery conditions and they have a lack of fall protection.
  • Struck-by accidents: Falling objects such as tools, debris, or even machinery can strike a construction worker. If a workplace isn’t maintained well, or if there is inadequate signaling, risk can increase.
  • Caught-in or between: Workers may get caught in or between heavy machinery, equipment, or materials. This can lead to crush injuries, amputations, or even fatalities if proper safety precautions aren’t followed.
  • Electrocutions: Construction sites often involve working with electrical wiring and equipment. Accidental contact with live wires or faulty electrical systems can result in severe burns, electric shocks, or death.
  • Overexertion: The physically demanding nature of construction work can lead to overexertion injuries. These include strains, sprains, and muscle tears. Improper lifting techniques and inadequate rest exacerbate this risk.

Tasks that need repetitive motions, like using vibrating tools or operating machinery, can also lead to injuries. These are conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.

What to do if you were injured in a construction site

If you are injured on a construction site, make sure you seek medical help. Then, report the incident to your supervisor for documentation. Additionally, do not forget to document the scene and gather witness information. Follow medical advice, know your rights, and keep records for any potential legal action.

Construction site safety is paramount. Employers must prioritize comprehensive training, regular safety inspections, and the provision of proper protective gear to lower the risk of these common injuries. This can ensure the well-being of their workers.