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What are the top 10 safety risks in construction?

Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.

The construction industry accident fatality rate is more than double that of other industries and the number of minor injuries is almost difficult to measure. Because the construction site is an ever-changing work environment, the risks and hazards faced by workers are numerous. And while the majority of employers are responsible and aware of the duty of care they owe their employees, accidents can still occur.

The top 10 safety risks in the construction field include:

  1. Working at height – Construction or demolition of buildings often requires workers to be performing their duties at significant heights. Injuries and fatalities from falls account for a large number of construction accidents every year.
  2. Moving objects – Construction sites are hectic and continuously changing. Moving machinery, tools, shifting heavy loads, and overhead lifting equipment can put workers at risk for serious and deadly injuries.
  3. Slips, trips, and falls – Construction sites are often on uneven terrain with debris around every corner. Slips, trips, and falls are a common safety risk in construction.
  4. Noise – Repetitive, excessive noise can not only be a distraction, it can damage the hearing of those workers exposed to it for long periods of time.
  5. Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome – Prolonged use of vibratory tools and equipment can damage the nerves, joints, and blood vessels, resulting in a painful, debilitating condition.
  6. Material handling – Materials are constantly being moved at the construction site. Employees should be provided with proper training and safety equipment to do this safely.
  7. Collapse – Excavation accidents and trench collapse can trap, bury, and kill construction workers and typically occur when proper shoring techniques are not used or during a demolition collapse.
  8. Asbestos – It is estimated that over 700,000 buildings in the U.S. contain asbestos. Electricians and plumbers are at particular risk for developing asbestos-related issues, which include cancer, however, anyone in the construction industry is at-risk for exposure due to the length of time asbestos particles can remain suspended in the air.
  9. Respiratory diseases – The dust kicked up at construction sites is often fine, invisible, and can contain hazardous particles that can damage the lungs and lead to permanent, and deadly issues including COPD, asthma, silicosis, and lung cancer.
  10. Electricity – Construction workers often come into contact with overhead power lines, unfinished electrical work, and/or live electrical wiring. The damage caused can range from minor shocks to a complete, deadly electrocution.

While construction sites are dangerous by nature, many of these risks can be minimized or eliminated by following the regulations enacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When these important regulations are not followed, however, workers can be injured. 

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