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.
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