If you work on a residential or commercial construction site, you know it’s one of the most dangerous ways to make a living. Industry statistics show that nearly five percent of all construction workers suffer a non-fatal injury every year. Though owners and general contractors know how dangerous a construction site can be, the profit motive can often lead to shortcuts and unsafe behavior. Here are the most common reasons construction workers get hurt on the job.
Many workers on lower levels are hurt when building materials, tools, debris or other items fall from upper levels. Often, this could be avoided if proper barriers were erected on upper floors.
FALLS FROM HEIGHTS
Perhaps the most common cause of high-rise residential and commercial construction site injuries are falls from upper levels, from ladders or scaffolding, from cranes or buckets, and from construction elevators. Research shows that nearly a third of all construction site injuries come when workers fall from significant heights. Often, owners and contractors have failed to erect any type of fence or barrier, or have improperly maintained or installed the guard rails.
DANGEROUS OR DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
Complex power tools are prevalent on construction sites, and often break down or malfunction, causing injury.
SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS
One of the biggest problems at most construction sites is the accumulation of worksite debris, from tools to building materials to trash. Unfortunately, too many workers are hurt tripping over or slipping on these materials.
CONTACT THE PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS AT MALLON & TRANGER
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