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Construction Accidents Facts

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Construction site accidents lead to severe, and even fatal, injuries because of the nature of the industry. The heavy machinery, moving objects, and simultaneous projects create the perfect environment for construction site accidents and workers comp injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established strict regulations to cut down on worker injuries but these types of accidents still often occur:

Fall Injuries

Slips, trips, and falls are common injuries in construction zones across the country. Employees may be working on a high surface and fall to the main floor due to unprotected edges, weak support structures, and other fall hazards. Injuries from falling from a scaffold or ladder are the most common types of fall injuries.

Construction accidents involving falls can be avoided by:

  • Using protective equipment correctly including safety nets, guardrails, and stop systems.
  • Providing a well-lit workplace.
  • Keeping a tidy work area.
  • Wearing appropriate footwear, clothing, hardhats, and safety glasses.
  • Following all OSHA regulations and safety guidelines.
  • Training all employees to follow safety measures.

Struck or Hit by an Object

Construction sites involve moving materials, equipment, and tools continuously, which easily leads to construction worker injuries from getting struck by an object that may result in severe harm or death.

Injuries from fixed or moving objects at a construction site can be avoided by:

  • Wearing protective equipment (safety eyewear, hardhats).
  • Staying alert to your surroundings.
  • Storing equipment and materials safely to avoid falling piles.
  • Staying away from suspended or high up materials or “loads.