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Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Construction work has always been dangerous in nature, and which technological change has helped to reduce the number of injuries suffered by construction workers, far too many injuries do still occur.  But there’s no reason why these types of injuries cannot be reduced. While some accidents will always occur, prudent safety measures on the part of construction site owners and managers can help to keep workers safe.

Causes of Construction Accidents

While some accidents occur through no one’s fault, most construction mishaps occur due to some form of negligence, carelessness, or simply unsafe working conditions. In some instances, workers themselves fail to follow safety procedures, but strict regulations should still be upheld by supervisors and site managers. Some of the common causes of worksite accidents are:

  • Exposed stakes or rebar
  • Uncovered holes
  • Falling tools, materials, or debris
  • Unsafe climbing equipment (ladders, scaffolding, etc.)
  • Lack of fall protection (lifelines)
  • Defective tools
  • Inadequate shoring of excavation walls
  • Lifting injuries
  • Tools and other items left around the site, resulting in slip and fall accidents
  • Heavy equipment mishaps (forklifts, cranes, dump trucks, etc.)

Many of these accidents can be avoided through the use of common sense, adequate training and supervision in observing safety procedures, and the use of protective clothing. Vigilance and attention to work would also help in reducing the injury rate of construction workers, as well as claims for workers’ compensation and personal injury damages.

When Lawyers Are Needed

Construction workers are especially vulnerable to financial losses when they are injured because their occupation requires them to be in good physical condition. Even relatively minor injuries can keep construction workers from doing their jobs. These lost man-hours, not to mention medical and hospitalization costs, can spell the difference between a comfortable life and poverty.

When a worker is injured or killed due to an unsafe work environment, construction accident lawyers may be needed to protect the interests of the worker’s family.