Construction sites are dynamic environments where various hazards can pose risks to the safety and well-being of workers. The slightest mistake or lack of focus can have devastating consequences. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 construction workers died in Minnesota in 2021.
If you’ve suffered a severe injury due to a construction accident, please contact Sand Law as soon as possible. We can help if you’re having issues with a worker’s compensation claim or if you’re considering legal action against a third party that contributed to your injury. Schedule a free consultation by using our online form or calling 651-291-7263.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are some of the leading causes of injuries on construction sites. They can occur due to uneven surfaces, wet or slippery floors, cluttered walkways, or inadequate lighting. Construction workers may also encounter hazards such as loose debris, cables, or tools left in their path. To prevent slips, trips, and falls, employers and workers must do the following:
- Maintain clean work areas.
- Remove obstacles.
- Provide adequate lighting.
- Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) like non-slip footwear.
Working at Height
Falls are always a considerable risk at any construction site. They’re among the leading causes of death among workers, resulting in about 30% of fatalities. Unstable surfaces, a lack of mobility, and human error are just a few of the common causes of these tragedies.
Falls from heights while performing tasks on elevated surfaces such as ladders, scaffolding, roofs, or elevated platforms can result in severe injuries or fatalities. It’s crucial to ensure workers are trained in proper fall protection techniques and provided with appropriate fall protection equipment, such as harnesses, guardrails, and safety nets. Regular inspection and maintenance of equipment like ladders and scaffolding are also essential to prevent accidents.
Moving & Falling Objects
Construction sites are also notorious for dangerous objects falling from high places. A worker may have accidentally knocked a tool off an elevated platform, or something else could fall from an elevated space. Construction workers are two times as likely to suffer severe injuries in so-called “struck-by” accidents than workers in all other industries combined.
Proper storage of materials and tools, secure barricades around work areas, and the use of safety nets or toe boards on scaffolding can help prevent objects from falling. Workers should also wear hard hats and other PPE to protect themselves from potential head injuries.
Handling Heavy Objects
Construction work often involves lifting, carrying, and moving heavy objects, which can lead to musculoskeletal injuries if not done correctly. Severe back pain due to work-related accidents is extremely common. If someone tries to lift a load that’s too heavy or bulky, they’ll be at risk for a severe injury.
There are other times, however, when an employer may be to blame. They might, for instance, fail to provide proper lighting or clean up a slippery surface. Workers should receive training on proper lifting techniques and use mechanical aids, such as cranes or forklifts, whenever possible. Companies should provide adequate staffing for tasks involving heavy objects to avoid overexertion and reduce the risk of accidents.
Construction sites are often noisy environments due to the operation of heavy machinery, power tools, and equipment. Prolonged exposure to loud noises can cause hearing damage or loss. To reduce noise levels, employers should implement engineering controls, such as using quieter machinery or enclosing noisy equipment. Workers should have appropriate hearing protection, such as earmuffs or earplugs. Employers should conduct hearing screenings regularly.
Electrical hazards can arise from faulty wiring, exposed electrical components, or improper use of electrical equipment. Construction workers may come into contact with live wires or suffer electrical shocks if proper safety measures are not in place.
Employers must ensure that qualified personnel performs all electrical installations. They must also make sure to inspect and maintain electrical equipment regularly. Workers must undergo thorough training in electrical safety protocols as well. They should also ensure that all workers receive PPE, such as insulated gloves, when working with or near live electrical systems.
Construction activities, such as cutting, grinding, or sanding, can generate airborne materials like dust, fumes, or hazardous particles. Prolonged exposure to these substances can cause respiratory problems, eye irritation, or other health issues. Employers should implement measures to control airborne hazards, such as using ventilation systems, wetting down dusty areas, and providing workers with appropriate respiratory protection, such as masks or respirators.
The use of machinery and equipment is standard on construction sites. Any malfunction or defect in these tools can lead to horrible injuries and tragic deaths. Regular inspections, maintenance, regular inspections, maintenance, and repairs of machinery are essential to identify and address any defects or malfunctions promptly.
Workers should undergo thorough training in the safe operation of machinery. They must always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use appropriate guards and safety features. Any defective machinery should be removed from service until repairs are made or replaced to prevent accidents.
When defective machinery causes an accident resulting in significant harm, the victim may have grounds to sue the manufacturer. A skilled attorney can help you get the money you deserve if this happens to you or someone you love.
Contact Sand Law to Speak with a Construction Accident Attorney
If you or someone you know has been involved in a construction site accident and suffered injuries, seeking legal advice from a qualified construction accident attorney is vital. Sand Law has a team of experienced attorneys who can help. Whether you’re filing a workers comp claim or need assistance obtaining compensation from a negligent third party, we have the skill and experience to help you get what you deserve.
You can count on us to handle all of the complexities involved in your case. All you need to do is focus on recovering from your injury. We’ll take care of the rest. Schedule a free case evaluation by calling 651-291-7263 or contacting us online.