When you work in the construction industry you understand that you put your health and well-being at risk, to a certain degree. You don’t expect to be part of an accident, but you know this could happen at some point.

Since danger is always lurking, it’s imperative to make decisions every day that enhance your safety.

Here are five common types of construction accidents that you must protect against:

  • Slip-and-fall: Just when you think everything is going well, you trip over something that causes you to fall to the ground. This can lead to many types of injury, ranging from a concussion to broken bones to soft tissue damage. Keeping a clean construction site can help prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
  • Backovers: Many types of vehicles are active on construction sites. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a construction vehicle or working in close proximity to one of these, do whatever it takes to protect against backover accidents.
  • Trench collapses: Working in a trench means taking special precautions, such as parking vehicles as far away from the edge as possible. Also, a system for protecting against collapses should be put in place.
  • Repetitive motion injury: If you complete the same task day after day, it can eventually take a toll on your body. For example, people who lift heavy objects above their head can develop a shoulder injury.
  • Heat stroke: As a worker in Georgia, you know just how hot it can get. If you push the limit, it’s not out of the question that you could suffer heat stroke. This can result in damage to your heart, kidneys and brain among other body parts.

As you begin your day, don’t hesitate to think long and hard about potential construction site accidents and what you can do to avoid them.

If anything goes wrong at work, stop what you are doing and call for help. You should also report the accident and your injuries to your employer, making it clear to them that you were injured on the job.

If your medical team suggests time away from work, let your employer know and then file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.