Construction sites are notorious for being hazardous working environments.
With all the heavy equipment, scaffolding, and other unstable and dangerous
conditions, it is easy for accidents to happen. What are some of the most
common types of construction injuries, and how can you avoid them?
Injuries that commonly affect construction workers include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lost limbs or digits
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Blindness or vision damage
- Back injuries
According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety
& Health Administration (OSHA), there are 4 main causes of construction
site fatalities. Falling from a height, being hit by an object, receiving
an electrical shock, and getting crushed or caught in-between equipment
or machines may result in serious and life-threatening injuries. Construction
site employers must provide adequate safety equipment and training to
employees, and take reasonable steps to avoid accidents.
Safety Tips for Construction Workers
How can you stay safe while working at a construction site? You should
follow safety protocols, use the safety equipment provided by your employer,
and use proper techniques when operating machines and vehicles. Furthermore,
you should always wear a hard hat, and exercise caution while walking
on scaffolding. Vehicle accidents are also common at construction sites.
When driving a truck or forklift, you should maintain a safe and slow
speed, watch your blind spots, and make eye contact with those on the
ground so you can avoid a crash.
Our firm provides compassionate legal assistance to injured workers. If
you have suffered an on-the-job injury, we will fight diligently on your
behalf as you seek workers’ compensation benefits. This may include
compensation for medical bills, disability, lost wages, and other damages.
Contact our Glendale worker’s compensation attorneys today for a free case evaluation.