Those who work in the construction industry know just how dangerous these types of jobs can be. Construction sites are full of potential hazards. According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, around 137,000 construction workers suffer injuries every year, with about 800 deaths. Here are some of the most common types of accidents seen on construction sites in Maryland and throughout the country.
Most construction sites require electricity. Extension cords, generators and power lines are common at nearly all job sites. This means the risk of electrocution can exist regardless of whether an employee works directly or indirectly with electricity.
Struck by vehicles
Construction workers are around vehicles often. Many construction projects are near roadways, so the threat of being hit by a vehicle is always present. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in 2019 nearly 40% of construction industry deaths happened due to some kind of transportation incident.
Slips and falls
Falling and tripping happen frequently on construction sites and are probably the top cause of injuries in workers. Construction workers often work outdoors and are exposed to the elements, which can lead to falls. Also, construction employees commonly work on roofs, scaffolding or multi-story buildings. Falling from heights significantly increases the chances of serious injuries or death.
Where to get help
Those who work in construction face hazards with deadly potential nearly every time they’re on a job site. In the state of Maryland, any time a person is injured due to no fault of his or her own, they have a right to contact an attorney and seek legal recourse. A lawyer can help the client pursue legal recourse from all potential sources.