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The most common types of hazards for construction workers

Thousands of Iowa residents work in construction. Although construction is one of the most important industries in America, it is also one of the most dangerous professions in which to work. Construction workers face dangers at seemingly every turn. Here are some of the most common construction site hazards and how workers can avoid them.

Working from heights

About one in five of all work-related fatal accidents in 2019 happened in construction. Reportedly, about a quarter of these deaths were due to working from heights. Some common causes of height-related injuries and deaths are unstable surfaces, misuse of safety equipment, restricted mobility, dropped tools or other human error.

Tripping or slipping

The most common types of accidents at construction sites are falls due to slipping or tripping. Things that contribute to these types of accidents are unstable or uneven surfaces, varying levels of building, distractions and carelessness. Construction workers need to always stay vigilant and aware of their surroundings when working on a construction site.


Although electricity can be hazardous in any industry, it’s one of the most common dangers on construction sites. Construction workers often have to endure harsh outdoor conditions and this can result in electrical shocks. Some of the most common hazards and causes of electrical injuries are ungrounded power supply to electrical equipment, direct contact with power lines and misuse of extension cords.

America would not be what it is today without the construction industry and those who tirelessly work in this profession. Unfortunately, these workers face hazards with deadly potential nearly every single day. When a worker in Iowa is injured or killed due to work-related accidents, workers’ compensation can help those injured to recover lost wages and pay medical expenses. If a worker is killed on the job, surviving family members are typically entitled to death benefits.