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The big injuries to watch out for on construction sites

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Construction Accidents |

When dealing with heavy machinery and massive construction materials in California, things can go from good to bad in the blink of an eye if you’re not careful. If one worker not paying attention, someone isn’t where they’re supposed to be or they’re not following the proper protocol, things can get out of control quickly.

Top five construction site injuries

A few of the main types of workplace injuries to have on your radar if you’re in construction are:

  • Overexertion
  • Slips
  • Trips
  • Falls
  • Falling objects

Dangers to be aware of

One of the most common types of construction accidents occurs when someone is crushed by multiple objects coming together. The construction materials, machines and equipment that you need to do this kind of work are almost always extremely heavy and usually unwieldy.

Electrocution is another highly common type of injury. Construction sites of all kinds have some type of electrical wiring involved. Not only do the workers need to power their equipment, but there’s also the electrical that they’re installing in the building. Powerlines and wires may be exposed, and this can lead to a dangerous situation if people aren’t careful and properly trained on how to handle electrical equipment.

Electrocution tends to happen when workers are laying the electrical cables. If someone comes into contact with an electrical power cable and that cable is live, the individual will likely experience a severe burn and shock. Electrocution has the potential to cause death.

Trenches are frequently used in construction jobs, and some injuries happen as a result of one of these collapsing. Construction workers are also often at high risk of being struck by a vehicle while on the job.

To avoid these common types of construction site injuries, workers must be properly trained. Foremen and supervisors also need to make sure that only those who are qualified and experienced and responsible enough are allowed to handle these potentially dangerous pieces of necessary equipment. In most cases, they’re only dangerous when they’re in the wrong hands.