The most common construction accidents include falls, struck-by hazards, electrocution, and caught in-between objects.
Keep reading to learn more about this risky industry.
Most Common Construction Accidents
Although there are countless ways a construction worker may become injured on the job, the “fatal four” are the top causes of fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Falls: Risks that cause the most fall-related injuries and deaths include:
- Unprotected wall openings, sides, and floor holes
- Improper scaffold construction: When heavy machinery is present on a scaffold with limited space, falls can happen. Without professionally installed guardrail systems or the use of fall protection, serious injury or death may occur.
- Misuse of ladders: Stumbling onto unguarded steel rebar can cause impalement.
- Struck-by hazards: Speeding cars, falling objects, or putting up walls can cause struck-by accidents.
- According to OSHA, an estimated 75 percent of struck-by-fatalities involve heavy machineries, such as cranes or trucks.
- Collapsing masonry walls: Most incidents occur when lifting equipment or jacks are used to position walls and slabs, or when sharing is required until structures can support themselves.
- Electrocutions: Several accidents can cause electrocution, including:
- Touching power lines: Deadly electrocutions, third-degree burns, and falling from high elevations are potential risks.
- Misuse of equipment: Human error can result in severe injury or death.
- Caught In-Between (Trenching): Being caught in-between heavy objects can result in a lack of oxygen and exposure to hazardous chemicals. Causes of these injuries include:
- Lack of protective system
- Unstable spoil-pile placement
- Neglecting trench and protective system maintenance
- Dangerous access/egress
Continue reading to learn your rights after an on-site accident.
What Should I Do If I Experiences Injuries?
- Seek medical help: Seeking treatment for your injuries should be your main priority. Assessing their severity will aid you in making a speedy recovery, and can also help you estimate how much it will cost.
- Report your injuries: You need to report workplace injuries as soon as possible. Keep your manager up-to-date on subsequent developments. For instance, if your doctor diagnoses an injury that wasn’t noticeable at the time of your initial diagnosis, let your manager know.
- Obtain a written report: Your boss must file a report of your accident, and you’re entitled to a copy. Don’t let them deny you a physical copy of it for your records.
- Write down the witness information: If passerby witnessed the accident, ask for their information. You may need a witness’s testimony if you attempt to claim compensation.
- Take pictures: Take photos of the premises, including any equipment or tools that caused your injuries.
Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton Can Help
If you’re a victim of a construction accident, an experienced personal injury attorney from Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help you receive damages. Our team specializes in cases involving the most common construction accidents, and we can hold your negligent employer accountable.
We have offices throughout Utah County and West Jordan. Schedule your free case evaluation today.