If you are a construction worker, you probably know that there are a lot of ways to get hurt on a construction site. Many times, people are operating heavy machinery or working high above the ground.
While construction work can be dangerous in many ways, there are four main areas that are considered the most hazardous. They are:
- Getting hit by another object
- Getting caught in between two objects
Of those four main dangerous situations in construction work, falls are by far the most harmful. In fact, falls are the number one killer of construction workers in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
In 2013, over 825 construction workers died while on the job, according to OSHA. Of those workers who died, 302 died in a fall — accounting for over 36 percent of all construction worker deaths on the job that year.
So, when you’re at work, make sure you are especially cautious when you are working above the ground. Some of the most common places for people to fall from a height are:
- Wall openings
- Holes in the floor
- Portable ladders
Falling from a height is not the only dangerous type of fall, however. Even workers on the ground level could become seriously injured in a fall. Construction sites with unfinished floors are likely to have dangerous objects sticking out of the ground, like steel beams. If you trip and fall, you could easily suffer a more serious injury if you hit something on the way down.
Have you ever suffered an injury because of a fall on a construction site? Tell us your story; we want to help.