There are many common construction accidents that happen each year. Knowing that certain kinds of accidents are more likely than others, it’s important for employers and their workers to be on their guard and prepared to both avoid and react to accidents.
Did you know that around 20% of all fatalities at work happen on construction sites? It’s even more common to see fatalities happen when workers are focused on a nighttime building project. For that reason, it’s imperative to learn more about the risks and how to avoid them.
There are several common accidents that occur on construction sites. Here are three to keep in mind.
- Vehicle accidents
In around 25% of 1,008 fatal work accidents in the construction industry in 2018, vehicles were involved. This could mean collisions between passing traffic and workers or accidents on-site.
Construction workers often find themselves working around construction vehicles or transport trucks. To stay safe, focus on making yourself and your team visible and using good communication to identify when hazards are present.
Falls were one of the most common causes of construction-related injuries. In 2018, around 33.5% of construction worker fatalities were linked to falls. Many thousands more workers were injured.
When working at a height, it’s important to use the correct tethering systems and to have fall-prevention gear in place. On the ground, watch out for slick areas or debris that may lead to trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accidents.
- Being hit by an object
A third common cause of accidents is being hit by a falling object or an object swinging in the construction site. Falling tools are particularly hazardous, so it’s vital to use fall-arrest tethers and protective equipment, like a hard hat, to avoid injuries.
These three common construction hazards lead to many thousands of accidents every year. It’s necessary for construction teams to think closely about the hazards that they may face and to take steps to avoid injury, such as by wearing personal protective gear. The right approach could help make all the difference in avoiding serious injuries. Those who do get hurt may want to consider seeking workers’ compensation to help them as they recover.