Construction sites can be some of the most dangerous places for a person to work because workers often face a high risk of injury or death.
Common construction site accidents
Construction sites have a variety of hazards that can cause injuries and accidents. Falls from ladders, roofs, scaffolding and other heights are common. Workers can also be hit by falling objects like tools, building materials and equipment which can cause serious injuries or death.
When buildings are constructed, they need electricity, but this comes with a risk of exposure to wires, faulty electrical equipment or exposure to power lines. Workers can also be burned by hot surfaces, chemicals and explosions.
Also, in addition to these immediate risks, workers can face long-term impact from their work environment. Workers can develop chronic respiratory problems because of exposure to dust, fumes, and other airborne particles. They may also suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome from performing the same tasks repeatedly.
Keeping workers safe
Construction companies can help to keep their workers safe through training. This includes training about how to use machinery, how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), and how to identify hazards on the construction site. PPE can help ensure safety, including hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots.
Construction workers should also be trained on how to report unsafe conditions. The construction company should have clear policies and procedures in place, including how to address emergency situations as well as promote a culture of safety in the workplace.
Regular safety inspections can also ensure construction workers stay safe. If a construction worker is injured, they have options to pursue compensation.