Construction sites can often be a hazardous place to work on. The nature of the job is physical and often workers are required to use powerful machinery or to climb great heights and often face risks every day while working on site.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, the UK was accountable for £15 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions. To add there were 38 fatal injuries to workers in 2017/18.
Construction injuries come in all types of shapes and sizes and are varied. Although some are easy to spot, others are less noticeable. Familiarising yourself with the most common types will help you prevent injury and help prepare you for any other injuries.
So, what’s the most common construction injuries?
One of the biggest risks on construction sites where work is being carried out at height is the potential for falling objects, such as tools, equipment and materials. Dropped objects have been a problem for as long as the force of gravity has existed, however, this can be prevented quite easily by carrying out a risk assessment as well as making sure loose debris and materials have been removed from workplaces at height
Given the size of the structures many builders work on, it’s no surprise that falls are among the most common sources of injury in the sector. Construction workers are mainly at risk from falls when using scaffolding, cranes, roofs and ladders at work. These risks can significantly be lowered by implementing simple measures such as wearing a safety harness at dangerous heights.
Slips and trips
Slips and trips are also a common cause of injury. Statistics from the HSE show that over £500m per year is spent on injury-related costs. These can also be reduced through small changes to the working environment such as keeping the flooring clean and clear of spills and other hazards.
The vast number of electric tools and appliances used on a construction site presents major risks to safety. Since construction sites are a work in progress, workers are often exposed to wiring, power lines, and unfinished electrical systems around. Coming in contact with the exposed could lead to electrocution or serious shock.
Recording accurate records of any incidents should be maintained. This will help assist in ensuring that health and safety is managed appropriately, ultimately to help save lives through effective monitoring and reporting of quality processes.
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