construction accidents are responsible for a large number of injuries and deaths each year. Though construction accident vary in severity, the following article discusses the four most common types that result in serious injury, including death.
Electrical Accidents – Perhaps the most common injury from contact with power lines. Cost and buried power lines in construction are very dangerous because they carry extremely high voltage. Electrocution is not the only injury that can occur. Burns and falls from elevations are also potential risks.
Another common cause of electrical accidents is the improper use of electrical equipment, such as using equipment outdoors when the signal clearly indicates indoor use. Another abuse cords or tools with worn insulation or exposed wires.
Falls – Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. In fact, falls from elevations account for one third of all deaths in construction. Fell more in the following cases:
- unprotected sides and floor holes without a safety net or personal fall arrest systems;
- inappropriate scaffold construction;
- exposed protruding steel rebars, in the fall results in impalement
- abuse ladders, so as not to locate and secure the ladder.
Washington State regulations mandate that “competent person” must supervise the erection of scaffolding. Despite this regulation, scaffolding accidents still occur when workers try to gain access to the platform through the dangerous methods and autumn.
- Struck-by accidents – Free-of things are another leading cause of construction fatalities. About 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment, such as trucks or cranes. A quarter struck-by fatalities involve construction vehicles. Forklift accidents are also largely responsible for the death of an employee each year in Washington state. Common accidents involve not only cars, but also falling and flying objects. This type of accident is likely to occur when workers are under cranes or scaffolding or when hit by flying particles or nails when power tools.
Trenching and Excavation Accident – Work in the trenches and perform excavations are perhaps the most dangerous jobs in construction. The statistics seem to support this observation with the fatality rate for excavation be 112% higher than the rate for the general processing. In Washington, collapsed excavation walls or ditches kill an average of two employees per year. Weights soil 2000-3000 lbs. the park, causing death by suffocation or drowning.
Transfer uploaded too high or too close to the edge of the trench or excavation site is an accident waiting to happen. Piles can roll back down on staff or cause a cave-in.
Even entry and exits from the trenches or excavations are very dangerous if not ladders, ladders or ramps are available. For these reasons and for the reasons described above, regular inspections trenches and excavations are necessary to prevent potentially dangerous.
Construction accidents happen every day, as well as in cities and states across the nation. Like every other American worker, construction workers are entitled to a risk-free working environment. The reality, though, is that the very nature of the project is dangerous.