Finding the right line of work to go into is no easy task. For people who love working with their hands and taking a project from concept to completion, the construction industry is a great fit. While this industry can be quite lucrative, there are also a variety of dangers that come with working on construction sites. Knowing these risks is important when trying to stay safe while on the job. The following are some of the most common hazards construction workers are exposed to on a daily basis.
Dealing with Heights
Working at high altitudes can be completely nerve-wracking. After a worker gets over their fear of heights, they will have to think about how to stay safe in this type of environment. Generally, construction companies will have scaffolding and safety harnesses to use. If you neglect to wear this safety equipment, you will be putting yourself at risk. Having a fall from a high altitude can lead to a variety of long-term injuries. If you are not provided this type of equipment and have an accident as a result, then you will need to speak with a lawyer. This type of employer negligence can be grounds for a lawsuit.
Working Around Heavy Machinery
In order to get a construction project done in a hurry, most companies will use heavy equipment. While this equipment can be very helpful, it can also be extremely dangerous. If you are not paying attention to where this equipment is, you may find yourself on the losing end of a collision. Employers will usually have a variety of signs posted to let employees know when they need to proceed with caution due to the presence of heavy equipment.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Usually, a construction project will take place on rugged terrain. This means there is a heightened chance you will slip and fall. Wearing the proper protective gear and paying attention to your surroundings is the best way to avoid these potentially harmful accidents.
The Danger of Loud Noises
For the most part, loud noises are quite common on a construction site. If you fail to wear earplugs in this environment, you run the risk of permanently damaging your hearing. Most employers have a variety of personal protective equipment they will require employees to wear. Instead of putting yourself and your hearing at risk, you will need to take wearing the right equipment seriously.
Dealing with Electrical Hazards
Working around various electrical components on a construction site can be very dangerous. If these components are live and unmarked, it is only a matter of time before you are electrocuted. Employers will need to work hard to label all of the hazards correctly to ensure all team members are safe.
Dealing with the fallout from an on the job injury can be difficult without the right help. The team at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. is here to help. We can review the details of your case and give you guidance regarding what you need to do next.