California is in the midst of a building boom, with real estate and commercial developments demanding the construction industry to keep up the pace. Along with the increase in productivity comes the higher likelihood of workers facing injuries.
Construction workers face a high-risk environment daily. Even so, most injuries are preventable with diligence and adequate safety precautions. Take a look at some of the most common incidents that cause worker injuries.
What are the top causes of injuries?
Workers at construction sites must navigate obstacles to remain safe. However, some job elements are unavoidable and increase the odds of an on-the-job injury.
Fall hazards abound on construction sites with elements that require workers to climb ladders and scaffolding. The bigger the building, the higher a worker has to ascend. Safety equipment, such as harnesses, can help workers remain tethered when working at heights. Fencing areas around a ladder or scaffolding to keep others from accidentally bumping into it is also critical to worker safety.
Even a worker on the ground may become injured if hit or struck by equipment. With multiple blind spots, heavy equipment strikes rank high on the top causes of worker injuries. Wearing protective measures, such as bright vests and hard hats, may help maintain visibility; however, it is often up to the worker to remain aware of equipment to avoid getting hit or caught.
Electricity provides power to tools and lights around a site. It also proves a hazard if not attended to properly. Electrocution is one of the most dangerous causes of injuries because it may prove fatal. Workers need to watch out for exposed wiring and standing water before using power tools.
Worker safety on a construction site is difficult but not impossible. Maintaining safe practices and a watchful eye may aid in staying injury-free in a risky profession.