Construction sites are bustling hubs of activity, where dedicated workers put their skills to the test daily.
However, this demanding environment comes with its fair share of hazards, leading to common workplace injuries that construction workers often sustain.
1. Falls from heights
One of the most common and severe workplace injuries in construction is falling from elevated positions. Whether from scaffolding, ladders or rooftops, workers face this risk regularly. Without proper safety precautions and equipment, the risk of falling becomes substantial. In 2021, 46.2% of fatal falls, slips and trips occurred in the construction industry. Employers must provide sturdy guardrails, personal fall arrest systems, and safety nets to protect their workers from these hazardous situations.
2. Strains and sprains
The physically demanding nature of construction work frequently leads to strains and sprains. Lifting heavy materials, operating heavy machinery or performing repetitive tasks can strain muscles and joints. Workers should receive proper training on lifting techniques and ergonomics to minimize the risk of such injuries.
3. Electrical accidents
Construction sites often involve electrical systems and wiring, making workers vulnerable to electrical accidents. These incidents can range from minor shocks to life-threatening electrocutions. Employers must ensure that workers can identify and avoid electrical hazards and that they use appropriate personal protective equipment, such as insulated gloves and safety glasses. Regular inspections of electrical systems can also prevent accidents.
4. Struck-by accidents
Struck-by accidents occur when moving vehicles, equipment or falling objects hit a worker. Employers must establish clear traffic control plans, designate safe pedestrian zones and require workers to wear high-visibility clothing. Proper storage and securing of tools and materials can also prevent objects from falling and striking workers.
Even if a worker works safely, the unexpected can happen. If it does, an employee injured on the job has rights.