Working in the construction industry puts you at risk of many types of injuries. Even minor injuries can cause pain and discomfort, while hindering your ability to do your job in the future.
Here are five of the most common causes of construction accidents and injuries. With this knowledge, you can take steps to enhance your safety on the job site.
- Falling objects: If anyone is working at height, there’s always a risk that an object will fall to the ground below. This could strike you with great force, thus causing injuries ranging from a concussion to broken bones. The best way to protect yourself is to be aware of what’s happening above you, while also wearing the appropriate safety gear.
- Falls: Falls are among the most common types of construction site injuries. These can occur on the ground or at height.
- Equipment accidents: There is no shortage of equipment on construction sites. From power tools to vehicles, every piece of equipment can help in a variety of ways. However, every piece of equipment can also cause injury if not used in a safe and appropriate manner.
- Vehicle accidents: For example, you may be staffed with the responsibility of operating a forklift or Bobcat. And even if you’re not, you may work in close proximity to moving vehicles. When a vehicle is in motion on a construction site, the risk of an accident is much greater.
- Repetitive stress injuries: These injuries don’t occur immediately, but instead set in over the course of several months or years. For instance, construction workers who regularly lift heavy items may develop issues with their hands, wrists, elbows, knees and/or shoulders.
As a construction worker, you and your employer take many steps to prevent workplace accidents with the idea of maintaining a safe environment. Even so, it’s called an accident for a reason.
If you’re injured at work, report the incident to your employer and receive medical attention. Your doctor will run a variety of tests to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Should you be unable to immediately return to work, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You’ll need the financial assistance as you recover.