Workplaces are the most hazardous places to work. According to a survey conducted by OSHA, the majority of accidents take place on construction sites which means that at least 1 in 5 workers were injured. Irrespective of the safety procedures and laws present, construction sites are still the most accident-prone places. This leads to threatening situations and losses to companies. We have listed the most common accidents that take place on construction sites so that they can be prevented with proper precautions.
Falling from heights
When construction takes place at heights, falling from height injuries are quite common. This can also prove to be fatal as the worker might end up losing his life. Construction workers who are building at heights tend to fall off from cranes, ladders, roofs, and scaffolding. In this case, the employee can file a personal injury lawsuit against the company claiming compensation in order to prevent this accident in the future. This company can make sure that their guardrails and scaffolds are well built and workers are protected with rope grabs and harnesses.
Being hit by falling objects
Falling objects such as tools, debris, and other building materials can prove to be extremely fatal to workers. Sometimes, accidents take place despite wearing all the safety gear if tools being used have not been secured in an accident-proof way. It can result in injuries that can injure the spinal cord and brain thereby leading to life-threatening conditions like paralysis and coma. The only way to prevent this is by fixing guardrails and scaffolding. Constructing fences, barricades and safety nets is another way to help reduce accidents caused by falling objects.
Electrocution is another reason why many workers die which is why electrical safety should be given utmost importance. The most common reasons for death include defective machinery, exposed wires, unfinished electrical systems and charged metal objects. The main cause for this is improper training of the worker as they can be unaware of keeping safe distance from the power lines and circuits. When they come in contact with these threats the result is death. In order to prevent these accidents, it is essential to train workers properly since many workers who are hired on basic skills have no knowledge about electrical security. Also, setting up supervisory levels to see if safety standards are being followed is also essential. Taking these small precautions can save many lives.
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