Construction workers have an incredibly dangerous job, and this is why there are so many safety regulations that must be complied with on construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released statistics that showed that 20 percent of fatalities that occurred within the workplace in 2013 happened in the construction industry.
This blog serves to outline the top four most common dangers that exist on construction sites, and what to do if you have been affected by any of them.
Falling from a significant height accounted for 302 deaths on construction sites in 2013. Falls are common when construction workers are working from scaffolding that is potentially faulty, ladders or roofs. Regulations require employers to ensure that there is enough protection to prevent falls as much as possible.
Hit by objects
Over 80 people on construction sites were killed by falling objects in 2013. There are regulations that obligate employers to create barriers such as tents that can prevent falling objects from hitting people. Hardhats must also be worn on construction sites
Seventy-one people were electrocuted on construction sites in 2013. Electrical equipment should be checked regularly to ensure that they are not hazardous.
Caught between equipment
It is also not unheard of for workers to get trapped or fatally injured by heavy objects or heavy machinery.
Although there are still many tragic situations that could possibly have been avoided by better safety controls, the death toll has decreased 66 percent since 1970.
If you have been injured in a construction work accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. It is advisable to seek legal advise to understand injured workers’ rights and know what you may be entitled to.
Source: Find law, “Constuctions top 4 fatal workplace injuries,” accessed July 28, 2017