Most safety experts agree that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous ones to work in. It sees a high number of workplace accidents and fatal incidents every year. While other jobs may be more dangerous when you look at fatalities per worker — since the construction industry is so massive — those working in construction have to know that their industry takes a staggering number of lives annually.
What makes it so dangerous? There are a lot of reasons, some of which are listed below:
- Construction workers have to use power tools and heavy equipment. These are inherently dangerous, and one mistake can lead to a fatal accident.
- Construction workers often have to work at heights. They may be on a roof or on an exposed edge in a tall structure. Falls happen in every type of workplace, but falling from a height is vastly more dangerous.
- Construction workers do manual labor. They have to lift heavy loads and use heavy tools. It’s a very demanding job that can take a toll on the body over time.
- Construction workers get exposed to hazardous materials. For instance, breathing in dust can be very dangerous, especially on a renovation job where it could be asbestos dust.
- Construction workers are often around vehicles. From pickup trucks to cranes to backhoes and lifts: Working with vehicles increases the odds of an accident. There is often no way to avoid this risk, especially when traveling to the job site.
Are you a construction worker who has suffered a serious injury on the job? If so, make sure you’re well aware of your legal rights.