Construction accidents can cause severe worker injury or even death. Many hazards exist in a construction workplace.
The construction industry usually has more accidents and fatalities than any other private sector area in any given year. Here are the top three types of construction accidents.
Falls are one of the leading causes of construction site accidents. Workers could fall from ladders or scaffolds. They might trip and fall on equipment in the job site area. An employee can also fall into a shaft, hole, or running machinery. Any fall can cause serious injuries. Workers face a greater risk of severe damage if they fall from a high height or into a deep shaft.
Employers can mitigate fall risks at the construction site by putting up guards and barriers around elevated areas, holes and running machines. The construction site manager should make sure to post adequate warning signs.
2. Impact injuries
An impact injury occurs when a piece of falling equipment or flying debris hits a worker. As workers try to complete their jobs, some items might become loose through vibration or other use. The construction site manager should remind workers to check their equipment to secure it regularly.
3. Electrical shock
Another common cause of injury on a construction site is an electrical shock. Unsafe wiring can cause workers to sustain electrical burns leading to severe skin damage. Employers should make every effort to make sure to encase all wiring on the site.
Due to the high rate of accidents on a construction site, contractors should employ all proper safety techniques to avoid injury to workers.
Under New York law, construction workers may be eligible to file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim, in some cases where a third party was responsible for the injury.