When it comes to injury danger, you won’t find a place that’s
much more prone than a construction site. The combination of heavy equipment
and materials being transported and lifted high into the air over uneven
terrain makes for an extremely high accident risk, and it should come
as no surprise that the construction industry continually is towards the
top of the leaderboard in terms of the number of injuries each year. Here
are five of the top causes of construction accident injuries:
When it comes to construction accidents, falls far exceed the rest of all
other types of injuries. Falls can occur in many different ways on a construction
site, including slip-and-fall injuries from liquid on a smooth surface,
trip-and-fall injuries from things like tripping and stumbling over an
un-secured extension cord, or even falling from height, such as toppling
off a ladder (or worse). These lead to all sorts of injuries with a variety
of severities, which means companies should be constantly on the lookout
for how to prevent them.
Getting caught between two heavy objects can result in all sorts of devastating
injuries. Whether it’s getting stuck between two pieces of heavy
machinery, accidentally having an arm jammed beneath a pile of heavy materials,
or any other similar situation, these injuries can lead to potentially
disastrous consequences and catastrophic injuries.
With lots of equipment and things traveling around construction sites (sometimes
at high speeds), struck-by accidents are also fairly common. Like their
name says, these accidents are when someone is struck by another person
or object, resulting in injuries. These can occur from a falling object,
an object on being carried by hand, or even being struck by a car or other
similar piece of machinery.
Construction sites need loads of different tools, ranging from welders
to saws and cutters to grinders, and everything in between. That means
electricity is a pretty common feature, and can be found in many surprising,
and unexpected places. A severed electrical cord or accidental collision
with an overhead power line could all lead to serious injuries through
electrocution, especially if the person electrocuted is subjected to high voltage.
A safe construction site is one where every member of the crew has the
training and knowledge they need to know how to safely handle every situation.
Unfortunately, this rarely happens and many workers each year are accidentally
injured because they simply didn’t have the training to handle a
particular circumstance they are faced with.
Have you been injured while working on a construction site? Speak with
an Austin workers’ compensation lawyer from The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC;
contact us today!