Every year in the United States, hundreds of workers are injured and killed in construction site accidents. To stay safe, it's best to become familiar with the most common causes of worksite accidents:
- Slips, trips and falls - If you slip and fall on the ground, you could suffer a variety of injuries, ranging from broken bones to a concussion. If you do so from a height and fall to the ground below, there's an even greater risk of suffering a serious or fatal injury.
- Falling objects - When working atop roofs or scaffolding, construction materials could fall to the ground. If debris hits someone with force, the end result is almost always an injury.
- Equipment accidents - Construction sites are full of many types of equipment, ranging from power tools to bulldozers. Knowing how to use this equipment safely is an absolute must.
- Explosions and fires - These accidents may not be common, but they can occur on construction sites for a variety of reasons. For example, poor use of electricity can cause a fire.
- Repetitive motion injuries - If you do the same task day after day, such as lifting heavy objects, it could eventually result in an injury that requires rest and/or a medical procedure.
These are five of the most common causes of construction site accidents and injuries, but there are many others that you should be watching for throughout your day.
If you are injured at a construction site and unable to return to work right away, learn more about your legal rights. You shouldn't hesitate to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, knowing that the money you receive can help you immensely during the recovery process.