Injuries That Are Common on Austin Construction Sites

Working in the construction industry is rewarding but can be very tough on the body sometimes. Construction workers face scary risks over the course of their work day, and, unfortunately, injuries are not uncommon. 

Falls

Construction workers will often climb high ladders and work on scaffolding on tall buildings. Sometimes the worker will make a wrong move and fall, and sometimes, the equipment they are using will give out on them. There are weight limits and rules when it comes to using ladders, scaffolding, etc., and those rules are not always followed. Falls consistently account for the most fatalities in the construction industry. 

Collapse

The collapse of trenches or scaffolding are another common injury cause

Heavy Equipment

Construction workers may operate some heavy, serious equipment. If used incorrectly, or if they malfunction, those big machines can do a lot of damage. OSHA says these injuries usually occur when a workers is struck by an overhead load or caught within a crane's swing radius. Many crane fatalities occur when the boom of a crane or its load line contact an overhead power line. Approximately 100 employees are killed and approximately 95,000 employees are injured every year while operating powered industrial trucks. Forklift turnover accounts for a significant number of these fatalities. 

Improper Head Protection

Part of being safe on a construction site means wearing proper head gear, like a hard hat. There's the potential for falling objects, bumps on fixed objects and accidental head contact with electrical hazards. A serious head injury can put you out of commission for a long time, so don't forget to wear your hard hat. 

If you decide to work in an industry like construction that comes with a variety of injury risks, it's also your job to make sure you're well protected. Consider proper safety and awareness just another key part of doing your job well. 

If you were injured in a construction accident in Austin, contact experienced attorney Earl Straight at 512-454-1331 for a free consultation today.