Any occupation can be risky, including white-collar ones. However, blue-collar jobs, particularly in the construction industry, can be regarded as more dangerous due to the activities that happen in sites and elements used. While many project owners and managers are strict about safety measures, some are not, exposing workers to hazards.
This guide discusses five elements that can injure a construction worker:
Most construction activities are done at height. Workers use equipment like ladders and scaffolds to access higher areas. If a tool is faulty or a worker is not well trained to use it safely, an accident may occur.
Almost all activities in a construction site produce dust. Prolonged breathing of dust can cause respiratory complications, including asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Electrocution is among the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in construction projects. When a worker comes into contact with overhead and buried power lines, especially those with high voltage, a life-threatening accident may occur. Operating electrical equipment may also lead to electrocution.
Handheld tools or machinery that vibrate is hazardous to construction workers. The vibration will be transmitted into the hands and arms, affecting the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and joints. Prolonged exposure to such vibration can lead to hand-arm vibration syndrome. This can permanently affect one’s hands and arms.
Construction can be noisy, from loud machinery and vehicles to noise from physical work, such as hammering and drilling. Being exposed to noise for a long time can cause health issues, including loss of hearing and sleep disturbances.
If you are a construction worker injured by any of these elements or more, you should obtain more informed guidance about your case to protect your rights.