After working in the Dallas area construction industry for the last several years, you have seen plenty of accidents happen. You have even had a few close calls yourself. While you may not be able to avoid every accident, knowing the most common types of injuries will certainly help you.
Knowing about every potential hazard and danger on the job site, while an advantage, will not keep you safe 100 percent of the time. No matter how many precautions you take, some things happen that are completely out of your control and unavoidable. Since catastrophic workplace accidents happen, many employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you or a loved one is ever injured on the job, you might be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Read further to learn more about common causes of construction injuries.
Falls and falling objects
Two of the most common causes of injuries on job sites are falls and falling objects. When working with ladders, scaffolding, or other heights, you are at risk of falling from those objects. In addition, when working in lower areas around this equipment or where others are working from a height, you are in danger of being hit in the head by falling objects, such as tools and building components.
Faulty or misused equipment
Machines malfunction, and when they do, someone can get seriously injured. For example, if the arm of a front loader breaks, those standing nearby could suffer severe injuries due to the dropped load. Also, a worker without sufficient training in the use of the equipment he is operating can also cause accidents by mishandling the machinery.
Fires, explosions and collapses
Due to the presence of exposed wiring and flammable materials such as petroleum and natural gas, there is always a threat of a fire or explosion on job sites. When a fire or explosion occurs on a construction site, the results can include death and catastrophic injuries. The same risk exists when a building or trench collapses.
When working outside, it is easy to overexert yourself. This is especially true during the summer months when temperatures climb into the upper 90s and 100s. Heat stroke can easily sneak up on you and land you in the hospital. Be sure to take steps to keep yourself cool and hydrated. Other injuries that result from overexertion include overuse of the muscles and joint and repetitive motion injuries. These types of injuries can take weeks or months to become obvious but can sometimes take years to heal.
Another cause of long-term injuries and illness is exposure to toxic materials. Working with high levels of lead, noxious gasses, or asbestos can lead to very serious diseases and illnesses included lead poisoning, chronic dust disease and even cancer.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe construction site injury or illness, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Take the time to learn about filing requirements and available benefits in Georgia.