The most dangerous roles in construction: Is your job one of them?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2021 | Construction Accidents

If you work in construction, then you probably don’t need anyone to tell you exactly how dangerous your field really is. You cope with those dangers on a daily basis.

Specific roles or job tasks, however, can put some construction workers at a higher risk of suffering a severe injury than others.

What are the 5 leading most dangerous construction roles?

Working with heavy equipment, power tool use and sewer pipe or duct installation are the top three major hazards for construction workers. In addition, workers on high-rise construction projects or demolition crews are also at greater risk of injury than others in their field. 

What are some of the most significant dangers construction workers face?

High-rise construction work is perhaps the leading cause of worker injuries or deaths. At least 40% of all employee fatalities in this industry are attributable to falls. The wind is often a high-rise worker’s worst enemy. Some of the heavy equipment they’re surrounded by, such as cranes and scaffolding, can quickly become dislodged and fly into them like projectiles, resulting in injuries or deaths.

It’s not uncommon for demolition workers to suffer on-the-job injuries when a building they’re trying to tear down lacks structural integrity and falls on them. Electrocutions due to someone’s failure to disconnect the power to the property are also common. 

Some of the dangers that duct or sewer pipe installation workers face are having to maneuver around tight, dark spaces with poor ventilation and ultimately being unable to escape them. Some workers’ more significant heavy equipment injuries occur due to inadequate safety training, improper equipment maintenance or a co-worker’s negligence. 

What options do you have if you suffered injuries on a construction job site?

Countless active construction projects are going on in New York City right now. While you may expect your employer to have gone through all the necessary inspections and permitting processes to keep you safe, they might not have done so. Or, they may have, yet failed to maintain things. An attorney can advise you of your right to either file a workers’ compensation or third-party negligence claim depending on the circumstances surrounding your case.