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Falls at construction sites, a common cause of workplace injuries

The construction site fall that left workers injured in Massachusetts discussed in last week's blog highlights one of the most common types of injuries suffered in construction site accidents -- those caused by falls. Construction workers experienced 4.3 non-fatal injuries and illnesses per 100 workers, amounting to more than 9 percent of the 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses experienced in a year. Of the reported injuries and illnesses, falls accounted for more than 22 percent. When a worker is injured at a worksite during the course of their employment, they may be able to file a workers' compensation claim to cover their medical expenses.

Since they are often working from heights, falling from the height is one of the most common type of workplace accident that takes place at a construction site. Additionally, the fall could be from a roof, ladder, scaffolding or a crane. When working from heights, workers are supposed to be wearing the proper protective gear and be strapped in, after receiving proper training on how to complete one's job. Unfortunately, employers often do not always do this, resulting in subsequent falls.

Given the hazardous conditions prevalent at a worksite, it should come as no surprise that fires and explosions are also possible at worksites. Leaking pipes, exposed wiring and flammable chemicals can leave a construction site vulnerable to these types of incidents. Though they are not very common, they are serious and can result in fatalities.

The machinery at sites are also dangerous and if not trained properly, the heavy machinery could become deadly. An overturned dumpster, a misfiring nail gun and a malfunctioning fork lift could all cause potentially serious injuries that could require extensive medical treatment to remedy.


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