The Top 10 Most Common Construction Site Accidents
Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 10:20 pm
Jobsite injury is one of the many risks that contractors and others in the skilled trades must deal with from time to time. While most construction companies do a good job of providing proper training and safety equipment, accidents do happen, and sometimes these accidents can be very serious. Working around power tools, on uneven surfaces, and from heights can pose a threat to safety, even in the best of circumstances. It’s been estimated that nearly 1,000 workers die each year due to construction accidents, and 4 out of every 100 workers suffers a non-fatal injury.
Here are the top 10 most common accidents that occur on construction sites, and whether or not your injury makes this list, it’s important to reach out to a qualified personal injury attorney in Atlanta to discuss what your case may be worth!
- Falls from heights
Whether from scaffolding, ladders, or roofs, falls from high above the ground are very common, and can result in serious injury.
- Slips and falls
Tripping on tools or uneven surfaces, slippery walkways, and other hazards is frequent on many construction sites.
- Falling debris
Especially in multi-level building projects, debris and other materials can fall from heights, striking workers below.
Exposed wiring, live electricity, and unfinished circuits can pose serious dangers, especially when handled without proper training or equipment.
Construction workers often put in long hours of hard labor, and things like muscle strains, heat stroke, and repetition injuries are more common than you might think.
- Crush injuries
Building and renovating often come with large machinery, and other tools, which can trap, immobilize, or crush workers who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Fires or explosions
Gas lines, piping, and electrical are all parts of any construction project, and these can lead to unintentional fires or explosions.
- Trench or building collapse
During either building or demolition, trenches and structures can collapse on workers, resulting in them being trapped, injured, or killed.
- Machinery accident
Many heavy-duty tools are used in construction, and these pieces of machinery can cause serious injury, especially to the extremities.
- Struck by vehicle
Most building sites are busy places, with large trucks, vans, and specialty vehicles coming and going. Workers may be hit by these vehicles at any time.
If you or someone you love has been injured on a construction site, you deserve legal help. Reach out to the Brockman Injury Law Firm today and ask for your free consultation!