If accidents at construction sites are the first thing to come to your mind when you think of workplace injuries, there is good reason. Those who work in the construction industry face the most dangers and risks on the job than do employees in any other industry.
Although other sectors have higher rates of deaths (loggers and fishers) or similar rates of injuries (nurses), construction has the highest in both areas. As a construction worker, you need to know common sources of hazards, how to avoid them and what to do in the event of injury.
Why construction is the most dangerous job
It is no surprise why construction is so harmful and deadly. You must handle various types of heavy machinery and dangerous equipment on a daily basis. You face exposure to heat, frostbite, toxic substances, explosions and electric shock. Debris and equipment are at risk of falling on you, and you have ample opportunities to trip over tools and wires or to fall from extreme heights. The unpredictable nature of the job further raises the chances of suffering a severe injury.
How to prevent a workplace accident
The good news is that you can take steps to decrease the risk of receiving physical harm on the job. Know and follow all safety regulations, and make sure the company you work for meets industry standards. These guidelines may seem obvious and simple, but they have a significant impact on your well-being.
What to do if you sustain an injury
Unfortunately, accidents can happen no matter how safe you and your employer are. If you are involved in a workplace accident or acquire an illness from your work environment, financial restitution may be available. You can file a workers’ comp claim against your employer. You may also be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against a third party, such as a manufacturer, to get the compensation you deserve.