If you work in the construction industry, regardless of your profession or daily responsibilities, there are a variety of risks to protect against. If you don't, the chance of being part of an accident is much greater.
Here are several of the most common causes of construction site accidents:
- Slip and fall: This can happen to anyone at any time. For example, if the construction site is full of debris, you could catch your foot on something when walking, thus knocking you to the ground.
- Falling objects: When people are working at height, the risk of an object falling to the ground below is very real.
- Equipment accidents: There are many examples of this, such as using a power tool in a manner not consistent with directions.
- Vehicle-related accidents: Construction sites are full of all types of vehicles, any of which can cause a serious accident. For example, a construction vehicle could back over or crush a worker.
- Building collapse: It doesn't happen often, but it's always a risk in the construction industry. If a building collapses with workers inside, the chance of injury or death is very high.
As a construction worker, it's up to you to protect yourself against these types of accidents.
If you are injured in a construction site accident, call for help and let your employer know exactly what went wrong.
Once you receive medical treatment, you'll better understand your injuries and prognosis. This could lead you to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, as you need to receive financial assistance during your recovery.