What Are the Top Causes of Accidents on Construction Sites?
Posted on September 8, 2021 in Construction Accidents
Construction workers face significant risks each day they head to the job site. However, various regulatory agencies have implemented strong safety measures to ensure worker safety on construction sites. Unfortunately, accidents still occur. In fact, one out of every five worker deaths across the country happens in the construction industry. Here, we want to discuss the top causes of accidents at construction sites in the US.
The Construction Industry Risks
It will come as no surprise for individuals to learn that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous jobs an individual can work in this country. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we can see that the construction industry was responsible for approximately 20% of all workplace fatalities during the most recent reporting calendar year in the US. Aside from fatalities, construction workers sustain injuries at higher rates than workers in other industries.
- Falls. Falls continue to be the leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths in the construction industry. This can include slip and fall incidents at the same level as well as falls from one level to another.
- Struck by object. There are plenty of heavy objects in and around a construction zone, and any worker struck by a heavy object can sustain severe injuries or fatalities. This can include being struck by vehicles, heavy tools, metal beams, etc.
- Electrocutions. Electrocutions can occur in a wide variety of ways at a construction site. This can include accidents caused by running into overhead or underground power lines as well as damaged receptacles or connectors.
- Caught in between object. Because of the prevalence of heavy objects at a construction site, there are times when workers get caught in between objects. This can lead to devastating crush injuries. This can include workers getting caught in a trench cave-in or due to collapsing materials, getting caught between moving parts of unguarded machinery, equipment rollovers, etc.
- Ladder or scaffold incidents. The improper use of ladders or scaffolding at a construction site can lead to significant injuries, particularly if a ladder falls or if the scaffolding malfunctions.
- Power tool or machinery accident. Power tools or machinery accidents can occur in a wide variety of ways. This can include incidents that occur as a result of defective tools as well as the improper use of tool guarding. Construction workers must be properly trained to use all equipment.
- Repetitive stress injuries. Construction workers commonly perform the same tasks over and over again throughout the day. Over longer periods of time, including months and years, repetitive stress injuries can form that significantly affect a person’s quality of life.
- Vehicle accidents. Vehicle accidents can affect the construction industry more so than other industries. For example, common construction site vehicles include forklifts, dump trucks, backhoes, graters, etc. An accident involving these vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries.
Securing Compensation After an Injury
If a construction worker sustained an injury as a result of a workplace incident in Oregon, they should be able to recover compensation for their losses. Typically, this will mean securing payment through the state workers’ compensation system. Additionally, if any third party was responsible for causing an injury at a construction site, victims may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the third party to recover additional compensation.