The 6 Most Common Accidents on Construction Sites
Every construction worker faces a certain degree of risk whenever they step on a job
site. In fact, some studies show that up to four in every 100 construction site workers
will be hurt annually. While construction employees make up only 4% of total
employees in the country, construction industry deaths make up a whopping 21% of all
worker deaths. What are the most common accidents that occur on construction sites
throughout the United States?
6 Most Common Accidents on Construction Sites
- Falls: Many construction workers end up working from high heights on
equipment like ladders or scaffolding. Falls account for approximately 1/3 of all
on-the-job deaths of construction workers. Even when precautions are taken and
training is given, working at such high heights carries a certain amount of danger
along with it.
- Electrocution: Many construction workers encounter exposed wiring on a regular
basis, even if they do not directly perform electrical work themselves. Working
near power lines and electrical equipment can also lead to an increased risk of
electrocution. Electrocution can be as minor as a shock or as serious as a deadly
- Falling Objects: Any construction project taking place on multiple levels carries a
risk of falling objects. Construction materials, debris and heavy tools can all fall
from a roof or higher level of scaffolding and strike workers below or on the
- Getting Caught in Machinery: There is a great deal of heavy machinery present
on the average worksite, including vehicles. Not paying attention for only a few
seconds could lead to becoming caught in between stationary objects,
equipment or a vehicle. Being hit by a vehicle due to poor visibility or distraction
is another common type of construction site accident.
- Fires: Gas leaks, electrical system errors and improperly installed piping can all
lead to explosions or fires that can be extremely hazardous.
- Overexertion: Working so hard, particularly in the hot sun, can lead to
overexertion and exhaustion or heat stroke.
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