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Addressing the most common causes of construction accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2022 | Construction Workers Accidents

While certain types of safety risks may exist in virtually all professions, certain fields may be inherently more dangerous than others. Construction is a type of field that could present with various types of safety risks, and if you work in this profession, you could encounter certain hazards nearly every day. 

Although finding ways to improve safety is a vital topic in this industry, construction accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. Part of preparing to protect your well-being could involve knowing some of the most common types of construction accidents and finding ways to mitigate the risks of each in turn. 

The types 

A construction accident can occur at any moment and under various circumstances, but some types of incidents typically prove more common than others. Some of the most prevalent causes of construction incidents may include: 

  • Falls from heights:  Falls from heights continue to be one of the most common causes of injury in the construction industry, and even a fall from a lesser distance could wreak havoc on your health. 
  • Falling objects:  Incidents involving falling objects or materials are also unfortunately common in this field, and such incidents could also pose a significant threat to your well-being. 
  • Shock or electrocution:  Working with and around power lines or cables is an example of a type of safety hazard that could expose you to the risks of suffering shock or electrocution injuries. 
  • Caught-in or between:  Another common type of construction accident pertains to caught-in or between accidents, whether this involves being trapped between construction vehicles or trapped within a collapsed trench. 

Using the necessary safety gear and only performing tasks for which you have adequate training may also prove integral, but this might not always be enough to prevent an incident from placing your well-being in jeopardy. 

After an accident 

An incident on the site of a construction project in New Jersey can carry dire repercussions that could leave you with severe injuries and facing significant financial challenges. Your injuries may disrupt your ability to carry out job-related tasks, and a loss of wages during time off work may do little to help your situation. Following such an incident, it could be in your best interests to seek guidance on all your available options for compensation and the next steps to take to help protect your financial future.