Top five dangerous construction hazards

There are a few causes of construction worker deaths in New York that occur the most often on construction sites. The following five safety hazards are responsible for the majority of accidents on construction sites.

1. Slips and falls

Slips and falls are responsible for nearly half of all construction accidents. On construction sites, the most serious accidents occur at great heights on ladders and scaffolds.

2. Striking objects

Heavy construction materials are often lifted into the air and placed at high distances. While trying to lift objects off of shelves, workers can lose their grip and be struck by an item that weighs a considerable weight.

They are often struck in the head and develop concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Victims receive coverage for TBI from workers’ compensation.

3. Electrocutions

The risks of shocks and electrocutions exist in any home or building that uses an electrical system. Construction workers are encouraged to wear protective gloves and equipment and receive separate training to stay safe using electricity.

4. Toxins

Construction materials include the use of toxic chemicals, fumes and solid materials. In the past, asbestos was one of the most toxic construction materials used in buildings. Construction workers should review material safety data sheets (MSDS) that contain a list of hazardous materials.

5. Collapses

Some construction deaths are caused when workers are trapped under heavy debris collapses. A number of collapses occur in trenches that lack features of trench wall support.

Protecting workers

Every construction site has recommended procedures to keep all workers safe, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In the end, thousands more lives can be saved every year.