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Construction Workers' Accidents Archives

Handling dangerous tools safety on constructions sites

Construction sites are full of dangerous equipment and tools. Proper training, use of tools and tool maintenance is critical to keeping everyone as safe as possible in such an environment. Even with all of those things, accidents are still possible, which makes it important to understand how to respond to a workplace accident and what to do following an injury to seek workers' compensation. A workers' compensation lawyer can help you understand where to start.

Labor and injury trends in construction

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry boasts over 750,000 private companies in the United States as of 2015. In fact, in 2015 alone, that number went from just over 755,000 to over 770,000, and that doesn't include state, local or federal entities. With so many organizations dipping toes or entire appendages into the industry, you'd expect a certain amount of workplace accidents to occur.

Working safely in construction trenches

Surviving in the trenches sounds like something you'd be concerned about if you were part of a historic war, but trenches can also be something you see on a construction job. Even if you aren't working in a trench, you might be working in lower levels where ground has been moved away to facilitate foundation work, such as for a basement or road work. Understanding how to safely work in such an environment is important.

What are some ladder best practices?

Ladders, along with staircases, are one of the top ten contributors to injuries in the workplace, says the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Individuals who work in construction, where ladders are part of the job on a regular basis, can help protect themselves and their coworkers by following some ladder best practices.

Preventing construction accidents with proper hand tool use

Information we report on Texas construction accidents tends to revolve around equipment failures and other large safety accidents. But for the individual construction worker, a devastating accident doesn't always require a large piece of machinery. A simple hand tool can cause a serious injury to a person, especially if workers on a construction site aren't following some basis hand tool safety.

Understanding common construction injuries

One of the most common types of construction injuries happens to be one that employees and employers have the best chance at preventing: slips and falls. Employers can help prevent slips and falls by ensuring a safe, clean area for workers and providing safety equipment for construction workers that have to work at a height. Employees can help reduce falls by following safety precautions, paying attention to surroundings and ensuring they understand how to use all equipment.

What are the top factors in construction worker deaths?

Because of the nature of their jobs, construction workers tend to face more dangers than individuals in other types of work such as health care or retail. Construction workers often have to work with heavy machinery or complete jobs at a height, all of which can increase the chance of an accident that leads to injury or death on the job. Some top factors in construction worker accidents include falls, falling or moving objects, electricity and the chance that someone can be caught between things on a job site.

Safety challenges exist for women in the construction industry

All workers have the right to a safe workplace. Women who work in the construction industry aren't an exception to that. While the percentage of women in the construction industry is very small, employers who have female construction workers must do their part to ensure that these workers have everything they need to work in a safe environment.

How are construction sites kept safe despite dangers?

Construction workers face some very dangerous circumstances each day that they go onto a job site. These dangers are caused by the heavy machinery necessary for projects, as well as the complex procedures that might be necessary. Despite the dangers of the construction industry, construction workers still have the right to expect their work environment to be safe.

Construction accidents can lead to serious injuries, take action

Construction sites can be very dangerous places. Heavy equipment, temporary structures and all of the activities that go on in these places can make it difficult for workers to remain safe. In our blog post last week, we discussed how road construction zones in Texas are unsafe. When any worker in a construction zone is injured, regardless of the type of construction site, the worker might opt to seek compensation for the injury.

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