Common Causes of Construction Site Injuries
Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 5:37 am
Construction sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces for employees in Georgia, and even with stringent safety precautions in place, accidents still happen. There are numerous ways that a person may suffer an injury on a construction site, but some causes happen more often than others. If you or someone you know has been injured on a construction site, talk to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation of your claims.
Top Causes of Construction Site Injuries
Hazardous working conditions, exposure to chemicals, use of dangerous mechanical equipment, and more all contribute to accidents on a construction site. The most common causes of construction site injuries include the following:
- Falls: Falls are the most common cause of injury and death on construction sites nationwide. Construction site workers are far more likely to suffer a debilitating fall than other types of employees because they are operating at heights that other types of workers do not deal with on a daily basis. Construction workers routinely suffer falls from scaffolding, ladders, cranes, and roofs.
- Falling Objects: Falling objects also cause many injuries on construction sites every year. Unsecured tools, building debris, or construction materials can fall from scaffolding or roofs and strike workers below. Falling objects cause many traumatic brain injuries and other head trauma to employees on construction sites.
- Equipment Accidents: Construction site workers use heavy duty equipment and machinery on a daily basis. This heavy machine equipment can cause injuries when the equipment fails or if not being used carefully. Some of the most common equipment accidents involve nail guns misfiring, large equipment falling over, or failure in machinery that causes a collapse.
- Crushing Accidents: Crushing accidents also cause a number of injuries and deaths every year on construction sites, which can be caused in many different ways. Workers can be crushed in a building or trench collapse or they can be crushed by trucks and other large vehicles that do not see the employee. Workers can also be crushed by concrete walls or heavy machinery that fails.
- Fires and Explosions: Depending on the type of construction site, fires and explosions are also a common cause of injury. Negligent use of demolition explosives and other hazardous conditions can lead to serious fires and explosions that can injure many people on a construction site. Exposed wiring, leaking pipes, and flammable chemicals can also cause fires and explosions that lead to serious injuries.
- Respiratory Diseases: Given the dangerous chemicals, dust, and other inhalable debris on a construction site, respiratory diseases are also a common cause of construction site injuries. Pneumoconiosis is a common culprit, which has led to deaths of construction workers exposed to asbestos, coal mine dust, and silica.
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