Modern construction sites have several hazards present. While there are multiple ways someone could be hurt, some accidents and injuries are more common than others.
In fact, OSHA has created a list of the “Fatal Four” construction site accidents. Find out what they are and your rights here.
The top cause of construction site-related fatalities is falling. Common causes of this accident include improper scaffolding, unprotected openings or edges and the improper use of a ladder. OSHA requires fall protection for anyone working at the height of six feet or more or when someone works over dangerous equipment or machinery.
An electrocution injury can occur when someone is exposed to a lethal amount of electrical energy. Electrical hazards expose workers on construction sites to fire, burns, arc flash, shock, explosions and electrocution.
If a worker comes in contact with a rolling, swinging, falling or flying object, it is called a struck-by accident. Fatalities are so high with this type of incident because of all the different hazards that can cause an injury. For example, tools knocked off an unprotected ledge, accidental nail gun discharges and when loads sway and strike someone as they are moved.
Caught in or between accidents
This occurs when a worker is crushed, struck or caught from a collapsing structure, equipment or materials. This can happen when someone gets their hand caught in moving equipment or if a worker is pinned between a piece of heavy equipment and a wall.
Protecting your rights after a construction site accident
If you are involved in a construction site accident, you must take steps to protect your rights by gathering evidence. You also need to report the incident immediately and seek medical attention to prove your injury was caused at work.