Construction sites are notoriously dangerous and often result in severe, fatal accidents. These workplaces are riddled with large machinery, complex tools, heavy materials, and other dangerous supplies that can break, malfunction, fall, tip, or catch fire. When an accident like this takes place, workers and passersby are sure to be injured as a result. One of the wisest things you can do to prevent a constructing accident from occurring is to find out how they’re usually caused and why.
To prevent a construction accident, you need to discover what the most common types of accidents are, how they’re caused, and why. In our blog, we briefly touch on each of these topics and we provide a list of go-to tips for preventing accidents on construction sites. To help avoid an accident, read below:
About Construction Accidents
In construction work, there are four main types of incidents that OSHA refers to as the “fatal four,” because they are known to cause the highest percentage of fatalities in the industry. These four central causes of construction fatalities include falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and incidents where workers are caught in-between objects.
Any number of scenarios can cause these types of accidents, though machinery, tools, and construction materials are often involved. For example, a worker might fall from scaffolding or they might slip from a short ladder. Likewise, a worker might be struck by falling materials from a crane, loose debris from a construction zone above, and so on. The possibilities are, unfortunately, rather endless.
How To Prevent Accidents
To prevent a construction accident, workers and site managers can do several things to make their environment safer, including wearing the right equipment and observing OSHA safety rules.
You can help avoid a construction accident by following these safety tips:
- Always know the location of the nearest first aid kit
- Be mindful of your surroundings
- Hold equipment training courses for workers
- Hold mandatory safety courses for workers
- Maintain a clean workspace
- Maintain tools and equipment
- Only operate the equipment you are licensed to use
- Use caution while driving construction vehicles
- Wear protective gear
As much as these safety tips can do to help prevent a potential accident, some incidents are simply out of your hands. If you were injured in a construction accident, make sure you know your legal options.
Our team of construction injury attorneys at BD&J have helped thousands of clients seek compensation for injury claims and we’ve recovered more than $1.5 billion in settlements and verdicts. We care deeply about what we do, and we understand how difficult these types of cases can be for injured individuals and their families. For that reason, we provide free case evaluations, and we advance case costs for each of our clients. Plus, if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay a dime.
Ready to get started on your case? Contact BD&J to discuss your construction accident with our attorneys.