Workplace injuries are fairly common, but nowhere more so than in the construction industry. The number of fatalities is in the hundreds every year in this industry, but also, almost 1-in-4 workers get injured on the job too. Construction accounts for 20 percent of total workplace injuries that proved fatal, which just goes to show how more can be done in this industry.
Let’s look at how to prevent an accident on a construction site and what can be done should you be unfortunate enough to get injured while at work.
Taking a Fall
When some scaffolding fails, the roof caves in, a ladder slips, a crane swings across unexpectedly, knocking you off the floor, this can create a situation where you’re falling some distance to either a lower level or the ground below. Depending on the distance traveled, the speed, and the awkwardness of the fall itself, it’s possible to sustain a host of different physical injuries from a concussion to broken bones and worse. The time off work could be considerable.
The way to avoid falling is to always have your head on a swivel to see what might be coming towards you, have someone hold the ladder below when climbing up/down, and check the strength of the roof or flooring before walking across it. Safety nets should be installed to catch people who fall accidentally.
If you’ve been hurt in a fall at work, hire a Florida Construction Injury Lawyer to help make a claim for workplace compensation to ensure you get the best payout for your pain, suffering, and to cover the medical bills and time off needed to recover.
Accidents from Vehicles
A cement truck not checking the mirrors and backing into you, pinning you to a wall will do untold damage to skin, bones, joints, and organs.Given the weight of the trucks used in construction, there are real dangers here, even if they’re not being driven too fast.
Listen for large vehicles coming into and moving out of the construction site. Make sure that you’re not directly in their path. Consider carrying an air horn to sound the alarm should get pinned down or to warn oncoming traffic.
Body Injuries Through Repetition & Environmental Problems
Construction workers often perform the same task repeatedly. While this can get boring fast, it’s also risky for the body parts that are being used repeatedly. The same risk is accepted by runners who are capable of wearing out their knees after 30 years of running. It’s possible to overextend and cause a musculoskeletal injury that a chiropractor or physical therapist will be needed to resolve. Alternatively, in colder environments, being outside puts you at risk of getting frostbite or hypothermia (think: Alaska).
There are many other ways to get injured on a construction site. Working construction is a risky profession, so it’s important to take every precaution to ensure your safety. It’s not only necessary for your life, but with any future claim, you need to show you took every precaution yourself to avoid it.