As you continue your workday on a construction site, you may face many obstacles and chances for possible injuries.
Learning about what the most common sources of danger are for workers on a construction site can help you stay safe.
Slip and fall incidents
According to the United States Department of Labor, standing on a scaffold or another raised platform can lead to serious back or head trauma. Working on multistory buildings and other large structures can be a source of accidental injuries, such as a worker leaving a tool out on a walkway that causes you to slip and fall to the ground.
Tripping over a loose board or another part of the scaffold that was not secured properly can also lead to the same problems.
When you are around a large excavation or trenching vehicle, you may encounter situations that cause you to fear for your safety. The driver of the vehicle may struggle to keep control of it or you may be walking on a constructed area that collapses because of a mistake the driver made.
A construction vehicle may run into a group of people due to the driver being under the influence of drugs or alcohol or because of a lack of sleep.
Lack of proper safety gear
If you do not have the right head or body gear while working on a construction site, you could face serious injuries. All workplaces should provide protective gear that follows OSHA guidelines.
Any additional safety devices or railings on scaffolds are also important for catching and preventing falls or other kinds of accidents. Knowing why construction site injuries happen can help you decide what to do about workers’ compensation.