If you work in the construction industry, you are well aware that it is often physically demanding and risky. Accidents and hazards on construction sites can leave you with severe injuries and illnesses. In fact, the fatality rate is higher for the construction industry than the national average for all industries, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
But what exactly causes these injuries and illnesses? It is crucial to get familiar with common construction risks so that you can identify anything you are suffering from and avoid other injuries. Read below to learn about the most common causes of construction injuries or sicknesses.
Falling is a significant hazard for construction workers. You could fall from ladders, roofs, cranes or scaffolding. Fall injuries are especially possible if there is no fall protection equipment or the working surface is unstable. According to OSHA, falling is the number one cause of construction deaths.
When you are on a construction site, you may be at risk of an object from above striking you. For example, a hammer or loose construction material could fall from a height. Brain injuries are a common consequence of being struck by an object. Even wearing a hard hat may not completely prevent you from getting a head injury.
Some construction sites may have asbestos. Harmful exposure to this material can result in mesothelioma, an aggressive and rare form of cancer that can cause severe respiratory problems. Exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma even decades after the initial contact. Symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath.
These are three hazards you should be aware of whenever you work on a construction site. If you sustain an injury while on the construction site, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim or sue a third party.