Working in the construction industry is often associated with arduous labor and long work hours, making it a dangerous occupation. Every day there are risks that can cause accidents and injuries to workers.
To ensure safety in the workplace, it’s important to understand some of the most significant hazards faced by those working on construction sites.
Falls are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the construction industry. In fact, falls account for over one-third of all fatalities in the industry.
Falls can happen from various heights, including ladders, scaffolding, roofs, and other elevated work surfaces. Workers may also be at risk of ground-level falls due to hazards such as holes, trenches, or uneven terrain.
2. Struck-by incidents
Struck-by incidents can happen in a variety of ways, such as when workers are hit by falling objects or materials, struck by vehicles or heavy equipment, or hit by tools or other items being used on site.
Electrocutions are another common cause of injury and fatalities on construction sites. They can occur when workers come into contact with live wires or electrical equipment or when electrical currents travel through metal objects that workers touch.
4. Airborne and material exposure
Exposure to hazardous materials such as asbestos, silica dust, lead paint chips, and other toxic substances can lead to a variety of health problems, such as:
- Respiratory problems
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
- Neurological problems
- Reproductive problems
OSHA provides regulations and guidelines for the construction industry. Employers are responsible for ensuring workers receive appropriate safety equipment and training. If an injury does occur, workers’ compensation will cover medical expenses and lost wages during recovery.