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Constructions sites are, by their nature, risky environments. Construction sites are often large areas with many different trades operating at the same time, using a range of machinery and tools.
Joint and muscle strains or conditions, sprains and cuts or open wounds tend to be the most frequent types of injury on constructions sites, and injuries most frequently result from lifting, pulling or pushing an object or from being hit or cut by an object.
Some examples of common construction site accidents include:
- falls from ladders;
- objects falling from scaffolding or a crane onto someone below;
- a heavy object, such as concrete piping, falling over injuring a bystander;
- scaffolding collapsing;
- slips on rubbish left around the construction site;
- a gas explosion;
- a person suffering a shoulder or back injury due to lifting a heavy piece of equipment;
- injuries due to tools, such as saws, grinders or nail guns, not being used appropriately.
Keeping safe at work
Excellent worksite management is required to minimise the risk of accidents on construction sites.
- Proper occupational health and safety checks of the site and equipment should be regularly carried out
- hazards should be eliminated quickly
- a safety plan should be implemented
- a site induction should be carried out for all workers before they begin on site
- workers should be properly trained and supervised in safety procedures
- tight control should be kept over entrance to the construction site.
Do I have a claim?
If you have suffered an injury on a construction site or you believe your work on a construction site may have contributed to your injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Strict time limits apply to make a claim. Please contact us for advice about making a claim to ensure your rights are protected.