Construction workers are constantly put in harm’s way. Depending on what you’re doing at the worksite, you could be at risk of serious falls, electrocution or other accidents.
There are a few jobs that are more dangerous than others. Here are five that you should keep in mind as you start your work.
- Working on roofing
If your current work requires you to go up on a roof, you could be put at risk of falling or hurting yourself. In fact, in 2017, around 40% of the 1,000 construction fatalities involved fall injuries that are made more common by working at heights.
- Working in the sewers or ducts
When you’re working in sewers or sewer ducts, you’re put at risk, too. Inside the sewers, there is toxic air and chemicals that you could be exposed to. Since it’s wet, there is also a risk of electrocution. On top of that, you could be crushed if anything collapses, which is a large risk to underground workers.
- Working in transportation
Some people in construction are responsible for transportation, but this can be hazardous, too. Collisions with people on site, truck accidents on the road and other incidents may hurt or kill workers.
- Working with heavy equipment
The next thing that is dangerous for construction workers is working with heavy equipment. From forklifts to cranes, heavy equipment has a thin margin for error and a high potential for causing injuries.
- Working in demolition
Finally, there is the risk of working in demolition. Falling debris, explosives and other hazards make it dangerous to be anywhere demolitions are happening.
These are five of the most dangerous aspects of construction jobs. If you are hurt on the job, you may be able to seek workers’ compensation to help you get the money and coverage you need to pay for medical care, lost wages and other financial losses.
This industry is dangerous no matter what you do, even though your employer should provide you with safety equipment and use risk management techniques. If you’re hurt, don’t delay in letting them know and starting your claim.