Construction sites can be hazardous, and preventable accidents and injuries
can easily occur. If workers aren’t careful, they can be hurt or
they can injure others around them. There are several common causes of
injuries around construction sites. Learn more about these common sources
of injury, and what can be done to avoid accidents.
Falls are a very common injury on construction sites. Many workers may
deal with heights, uneven footing, trenches, and other tripping hazards
at work. Scaffolding, ladders, and working on roofs or other high locations
can increase the risk of falls, but workers don’t even need to leave
the ground to be at risk of a fall. Loose cables or extension cords, holes
or trenches, slick surfaces, debris, and other hazards can cause workers
to slip and fall as well.
Power Tool and Heavy Equipment Accidents
Power tools and heavy equipment are staples of many construction sites,
but their common use doesn’t mean that they are safe. Power tools
such as saws, nail guns, and drills can easily cause injuries. Heavy equipment
such as bulldozers, lifts, jackhammers, or trucks can also be a hazard
to workers. Without appropriate ear and eye protection, workers can sustain
hearing damage or eye injuries.
Repetitive Strain Injuries and Back Injuries
Due to the physical nature of construction work, many workers sustain back
injuries, joint injuries, or repetitive strain injuries (RSI). Back injuries
can occur from performing heavy lifting or failing to lift loads with
your knees instead of your back. Other joint injuries can occur from overextension,
twisting, or straining joints during the course of work. RSIs can be sustained
by frequent, repetitive motions, such as shoveling, sanding, and painting.
Construction sites often have trenches, heavy equipment, and other hazards
that can cause crushing injuries. Some injuries can include crushed fingers
or toes from dropped equipment or other slips, but crushing injuries can
be far more severe. Heavy equipment can crush or run over workers if the
operator is not careful. Trenches, scaffolding, and construction sites
can collapse onto workers. This is especially a risk on sites that are
restoring older or damaged buildings or on sites that are demolishing
Electrical Shocks and Burns
Workers who are working with power tools or are installing electricity
can be at risk for electrical shocks or electrical burns, but so can other
workers. Many sites often have temporary powerlines or involve digging.
Temporary lines may not be installed correctly, or may be knocked down
by construction equipment, putting workers are risk of electrocution.
Workers may also dig up underground powerlines on accident, and can be injured.
Get Help from Springfield Personal Injury Lawyers
Construction sites can be dangerous for workers and bystanders alike, and
getting the compensation you deserve after an injury may be a challenge.
Our Springfield personal injury lawyers are here to support you in this
difficult time, and help you fight for your claim. Strong-Garner-Bauer
P.C. offers our clients more than 40 years of experience in all areas
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