Having a job in the construction industry is inherently more dangerous than most careers. There are countless risks at every turn and maintaining safety is a daily objective.
Even with the numerous safety measures in place, accidents are relatively common on a construction site. In fact, about three million workers are injured each year in the construction industry. Being aware of the most common safety hazards can help employees stay safe on the job.
Four construction site threats
Accidents are bound to happen, no matter what industry or task you are performing. However, maintaining awareness of your surroundings and staying alert can help you avoid an injury. Here are four hazards construction workers might want to watch for:
- Falling: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists falls as one of the four most common threats to workers. OSHA states that over one-third of fatalities are from falling accidents.
- Failing to communicate: Depending on the type of job you are performing that day, there could be hazards you are unaware of. Before working on any project, each employee should know what chemicals are present and the safety protocol they should abide by.
- Breathing in chemicals: There may be hazardous chemicals in the air when working on certain projects. There should be standards in place so that workers can maintain their safety. Employees should also have the proper equipment to avoid breathing in any chemicals.
- Getting electrocuted: Electrocutions are also one of the deadliest threats for construction workers, according to OSHA. Employees can get electrocuted if they install the wiring incorrectly or if they try to fix a mistake another worker made.
Avoiding injury is a daily worry for workers in the construction industry. Even if workers follow every safety protocol, there is a chance an accident can occur. If you or one of your coworkers is injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. Seeking the help of an attorney can help you realize the options available to you.