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Falling objects are a hazard for construction workers

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Construction Workers' Accidents |

Construction workers face hazards with each shift they work. One of these hazards is falling objects, which is a common risk that happens during multi-story construction projects. 

Even when objects fall from heights that aren’t too far above can be rather dangerous. That danger increases as the height increases. 

Falling objects can cause significant injuries

Falling objects can range from small tools to large pieces of construction material. When items fall from heights, the force of impact increases, making even small objects dangerous. 

Head injuries are among the most common outcomes, but falling objects can also cause fractures, lacerations, and crush injuries. This underscores the need for stringent safety measures to protect workers from the dangers posed by falling objects.

Safety is a primary preventative measure

To minimize the risks associated with falling objects on construction sites, several safety measures should be put into place:

  • Use personal protective equipment, including hard hats and high-visibility clothing.
  • Secure tools and materials using tool lanyards, nets and toe boards to prevent tools and materials from falling off scaffolding or elevated work areas.
  • Establish clearly marked areas where access is restricted during overhead work to minimize the risk of being struck by falling objects.

Regular safety training and routine inspections can increase the safety of all construction workers. The training should continue throughout a worker’s employment so they don’t become too lax while doing their job duties. Routine inspections are just as important because they can unearth safety hazards before a worker is injured. 

Construction workers who suffer an injury will likely need urgent medical care, which should be covered by workers’ compensation. Getting the compensation they’re due can sometimes require legal action by the worker.