On average, about 35% of all construction site accidents nationwide every year are caused by falls. Construction site workers routinely operate at significant heights, working on ladders, scaffolding, rooftops, and other places where a fall could result in serious harm. A fall can cause a number of injuries, such as head trauma, broken bones, spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, and more.
Another common type of construction site accident is a trench or ground collapse. The digging of trenches and other ground excavation is often necessary in many types of construction site projects. However, if they are not done properly, the trench or dig site can cave in on the workers excavating on the project. The unstable ground can also cause more than just dirt to collapse on the workers, including tools, materials, and even part of the building project itself. Suffocation and drowning can occur in a trench collapse in addition to inhalation of toxic gases and other respiratory damage.
Crushing accidents also occur on a regular basis to workers on construction sites. This type of accident typically occurs in two different ways: first, a worker can be crushed between something and the ground. An example is when a large piece of material or machinery falls and crushes a worker beneath it. The second type of crushing injury occurs when a person is caught between two objects. Crushing accidents lead to a number of amputation injuries every year.
Construction sites have more heavy and hazardous machinery than any other type of workplace. As such, machinery accidents are a far more frequent occurrence on construction sites. Injuries caused by heavy duty equipment and machines can occur because of a faulty part in the machinery or because of negligent safety standards on site. This type of accident often leads to lacerations, broken bones, nerve damage, and loss of limbs among other injuries.