All over the world, there are literally millions of people who are drawn to construction jobs. The high pay, great benefits, and the opportunity to work with their hands are some of the main draws. Some spend their whole careers in these types of jobs. However, there is a downside you should be aware of. Unfortunately, there are many accidents that can occur, so keep these circumstances in mind.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can often occur in the construction field. Over 2,000 construction workers suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of head trauma from 2003 to 2010. Construction workers over the age of 65 were four times as likely to die from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as younger workers. Moreover, workers at smaller firms were more likely to die from their injuries than workers from larger firms.

One way that these issues can be prevented is to emphasize the wearing of protective head gear at all times. This would include such things as hard hats, safety goggles and face masks.

Overturned Vehicles

Overturned vehicles can happen all too often in construction work. When this occurs, there can be a number of injuries that can result. Broken limbs, concussions, strains, sprains and many other injuries can happen. Moreover, the accident can become fatal if the vehicle lands on top of the driver. Even though there is an unfortunate tendency for this to happen, the good news is that these types of accidents can be prevented. Icy, muddy, or uneven terrain can result in vehicles overturning, but materials such as access mats can help mitigate these circumstances.

Other causes of a vehicle overturning can include such things as:

  • Using a vehicle unsuitable for the task
  • Driving on excessively steep slopes
  • Being on slippery surfaces
  • Poor loading practices
  • Driving the vehicle too fast
  • Lack of training or inexperienced drivers

Falls

Some of the most common construction accidents include falls. There are many cases where improper ladders are being used, the worker is on a slippery surface, or other situations persist that can result in these types of accidents. According to recent statistics, falls result in roughly 40% of most construction accidents.

When you fully understand the nature of these accidents, you will be better equipped to help prevent these accidents from occurring to you or your employees. Safety is the name of the game.

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