Construction sites are one of the most dangerous places to work, and accidents can happen at any time. They can cause severe injuries, disabilities, and even death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most common types of construction accidents include falls, electrocutions, struck-by-object incidents, and caught-in-between incidents.
Below, we will discuss these common types of construction accidents and provide tips on how to avoid them.
Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Workers can fall from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, and other elevated surfaces. To prevent falls, workers should always wear proper safety equipment, such as harnesses and safety nets. Employers should also provide training on how to properly use ladders and scaffolds and ensure that these structures are in good condition.
Electrocutions can occur when workers come into contact with live electrical wires or equipment. To prevent electrocutions, workers should always be aware of their surroundings and avoid working near electrical hazards. Employers should also ensure that workers are properly trained in electrical safety and that all electrical equipment is properly maintained.
3. Struck-by-object incidents
Struck-by-object incidents occur when workers are hit by falling or flying objects, such as tools, equipment, or building materials. To prevent these incidents, workers should always wear hard hats and avoid working under loads that are being lifted. Employers should also ensure that all materials and equipment are properly secured and that workers are trained in proper lifting techniques.
4. Caught-in-between incidents
Caught-in-between incidents occur when workers are caught between two objects or pieces of equipment. These incidents can happen when working in trenches, excavations, or confined spaces. To prevent caught-in-between incidents, workers should always follow proper safety procedures when working in these areas. Employers should also ensure that workers are properly trained in these procedures and that all equipment is properly maintained.
5. Vehicle accidents
Vehicle accidents can occur when workers are operating heavy machinery or when vehicles are moving around the construction site. To prevent vehicle accidents, workers should always wear proper safety equipment, such as seat belts and helmets. Employers should also ensure that all vehicles are properly maintained and that workers are properly trained in operating this equipment.
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Construction accidents can be prevented with proper training, equipment, and safety procedures. By understanding the most common types of construction accidents and how to avoid them, workers and employers can create a safer work environment. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact Basch & Keegan LLP for a free consultation. Our experienced construction accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.