Construction workers have important jobs as they are responsible for building homes, high-rises, bridges, and more.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in ten are injured on the job each year in the United States. This is primarily the result of the dangerous conditions in which they often have to work such as on high scaffolding or on the edge of a freeway.
Common construction site accident causes include:
OSHA estimates that 350 construction workers are killed annually in electrical accidents. They can result when workers fail to properly use their equipment or come into contact with power lines.
This is one of the most common types of construction accidents, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that they account for thirty-four percent of all construction site deaths. Falls can occur from cranes, ladders, roofs, scaffolding, and other heights.
Fires and Explosions
OSHA reports that fires and explosions on construction sites kill around 200 workers each year and injure nearly 5,000. These accidents can be caused by flammable chemicals, exposed wiring, and leaking pipes.
Machinery used on construction sites can be dangerous or malfunction. Equipment related accidents may result from a misfired nail gun, a dumpster that unexpectedly falls over, or a fork lift that doesn’t properly work or is misused.
Buildings that are under construction or being demolished can suddenly or unexpectedly collapse causing catastrophic injuries and even death.