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A closer look at construction site injuries
Illinois construction workers are more at risk for workplace injuries than employees in most other industries. Because of the use of heavy equipment and working at high altitudes, it’s no surprise that construction workers are likely to be injured at some point in their careers. Most injuries fall within three main categories.
One of the common causes of construction site accidents is workers getting run over by vehicles. With a lot of vehicles coming in and out of a construction site throughout the day, there’s an increased risk of vehicle accidents on the site. Vehicles can range in size from a simple car to a heavy dump truck.
Most construction sites use the assistance of a mechanical crane or forklift to move objects up and down. Although great for lifting heavy objects and putting them in place, it can also have problems. When an unexpected incident occurs, a heavy object may fall down from above and strike a worker. In addition, any small tools that a worker is using at high altitudes can potentially cause serious injuries if they multiple stories and hit another employee.
Construction workers tend to work at high altitudes. Every now and then, they may trip and fall over various objects, or they may lose their balance and fall from a platform. Depending on the height of the fall and the circumstances surrounding it, these injuries can range from mild to fatal.
While the construction industry can be a lucrative career, it’s also a dangerous one. In fact, most workers experience at least one injury throughout their construction career. By understanding the most common causes of these accidents, construction companies can work to better enhance safety for construction site workers.
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