While most people will ignore construction workers, these trades people are highly important individuals in modern society. A country is dependent on these workers to build homes, commercial buildings for businesses, pavements for pedestrians, and repair the roads for transportation. Unfortunately, construction workers are vulnerable to a plethora of construction site injuries and these can occur at any time. By using powerful tools and heavy machinery, it is easy to be injured on a construction site if you are not paying attention. This article will provide information to the different types of construction injuries experienced by construction workers.
What Are The Most Common Construction Injuries?
While there are various ways for construction accidents to occur, there are certain types of accidents that occur more frequently than others. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there is a “fatal four” of construction site accidents and these “fatal four” are responsible for approximately 60% of all worker deaths as noted in a 2014 survey. Below are the fatal four of construction injuries.
A fall refers to the worker falling from equipment at a construction site such as unsafe ladders or scaffolding. This is one of the most common types of construction accidents or injuries and, according to surveys in 2014, accounted for approximately 40% of all construction-related deaths. It has been noted that falls are most common because of the numerous risk factors contributing to this type of injury, such as unsafe scaffolding and inadequate fall protection at the site.
According to the 2014 survey by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, electrocution was considered the second most common type of construction injury and accounted for approximately 8% of worker deaths. Electrocution is typically caused by issues with electrical components on the site, bad wiring on the site and use of other electrical equipment.
3. Being Struck By An Object
The number of accidents involving a construction worker being struck by a moving object was only slightly below those involving electrocution according to the survey in 2014. Due to the fact that all construction sites involve workers operating on several levels, it is common that moving objects will be travelling through the air. This means that it is easy for the individuals to be struck by beams or equipment moving towards them or falling objects if the correct precautions are not taken.
4. Caught In Or Between Objects
There are various ways a construction worker may experience an injury where they are caught in or between objects. It is possible for the person’s limb to become caught in equipment or the worker could be trapped by falling debris. According to the survey in 2014, these types of accidents accounted for approximately 4.5% of all construction site fatalities.
What Other Injuries Can Be Experienced?
While the above situations are noted as the “fatal four” there are various other types of construction accidents that can be experienced. The “fatal four” are not the only causes of construction injuries and workers can also be at risk of being hit by cars if they are working close to the road. It is also possible that workers are exposed to chemical materials that result in respiratory illness if not handled correctly.
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