Construction sites are dynamic environments where skilled workers are at risk of injury of many kinds.
Construction workers need to understand these common injuries and take proactive steps to stay safe on the job.
Falls from heights
According to the CDC, falls cause 36.4% of work-related construction deaths. Whether from ladders, scaffolding or roofs, these incidents can lead to severe injuries like fractures and concussions, as well as fatal outcomes.
Construction sites are rife with heavy equipment and materials, making struck-by accidents a significant concern. This category includes incidents where a moving vehicle, falling object or piece of machinery hits a worker.
Given the extensive use of electrical equipment on construction sites, the risk of electrocution is ever-present. This type of injury can occur from faulty wiring, damaged tools or improper use of electrical systems.
The physical demands of construction work can take a toll on the body, leading to musculoskeletal injuries such as strains, sprains and other soft tissue injuries. These injuries can cause significant pain and time missed from work.
Trench and excavation accidents
For workers involved in digging and trenching operations, the risk of cave-ins and collapses is a major concern. Such accidents can cause serious and permanent injury as well as be fatal.
Repetitive stress injuries
Repetitive tasks, such as hammering or drilling, can lead to cumulative trauma over time. This can result in conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis. Such injuries often require surgery and a long recovery period.
Being aware of these common injuries and implementing safety measures can go a long way in ensuring that every worker returns home safely at the end of the day. By prioritizing safety on the job site, construction workers can protect themselves and their coworkers.