Types of common accidents in construction
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous for its employees since they face different risks of injuries all the time.
A total of 22% of the injuries suffered during a year are suffered by construction workers. Among the most common injuries caused in this area are:
Falls are perhaps the most common injuries in construction. Workers are at risk of falling from scaffolding, roofs, stairs, or other high-rise sites. If you or a loved one suffers a fall in a construction, it is important to fill out a claim for workers’ compensation, and perhaps also a personal compensation that covers all the damages suffered.
Fall of objects
Workers are also at risk of being crushed or injured by falling objects; for example, tools that fall or construction materials that are not fully secured. Brain injuries and back or neck injuries are common, even when the worker is using safety equipment such as helmets or some similar protection.
Accidents related to machinery
Heavy machinery used in construction can cause a dangerous accident if it is not used correctly. For example, a pulley may drop an object if it is old or in poor condition, a garbage container may fall, or a nail gun may accidentally be fired and result in a finger injury at work or a much worse accident. If the machinery used is dangerous and causes accidents, compensation can be obtained, for example, if the product/item involved was in poor condition or represented a risk to those who used it.
Workers are at risk of being run over by large trucks that often go in reverse on construction sites or are at risk of being trapped between a vehicle and a wall, where they can be seriously injured. These types of accidents are related to the negligence of the supervisor, or the lack thereof in the workplace.
Fires and explosions
Construction sites usually handle materials with a risk of exploding, as well as the constant presence of exposed cables, leaking pipes, or flammable materials that can cause fires or explosions. Although they are less common than other types of accidents, they can cause serious injuries to workers.
Another type of common wound happens because of buildings that are demolished, or those that are under construction and that collapse abruptly, which can kill or seriously injure those who were inside.
Because workers face activities that require heavy physical labour, they tend to suffer injuries caused by overexertion such as injuries from repetitive activities (such as loading and unloading heavy goods without rest intervals), muscle damage from overuse, heat stress which in turn can cause damage to the brain, heart, or kidneys; as well as hypothermia, which can cause loss of fingers or toes, as well as freezing of parts of the face.
They may suffer from pneumoconiosis, which is a chronic disease caused in the lungs by overexposure to dust. The conditions that lead even to the death of workers can be asbestos, black lungs in coal workers, and silicosis.
The injuries mentioned above can cause:
Cuts or lacerations
Death (in which case the family can claim compensation for involuntary manslaughter)
Loss of vision or damage to the eyes (You can claim eye injury at work compensation)
Joint injuries from overuse
Hearing loss from overexposure to loud noise
Post-traumatic stress disorder (commonly presented in witnesses of an accident suffered by another partner)
Exposure to toxic chemicals
Traumatic brain injuries
In any of these cases, it is important to request compensation and to consult an expert accident lawyer to claim personal compensation for damages.