Construction site hazards

October 19, 2009

Construction sites are fraught with potential hazards which can lead to serious injuries and, tragically, even death. The nature of construction work, including the materials and tools used by workers, makes this an extremely dangerous line of work.

Numerous dangerous conditions can exist in a construction site, but the most common hazards that workers should be aware of are:

Steel rebar: Uncapped steel rebar poses a deadly risk of impalement to a worker who stumbles over it or falls on top of it.

Ladders: If ladders are not properly used, they can slip or fall over, causing the worker to plunge to the ground from a considerable height. To protect against ladder falls, ladders should always be placed on even ground and weight limits should be followed.

Power tools: A worker who does not understand the proper operating procedure for a power tool poses a grave risk to their fellow employees. In addition, permanent hearing loss can result from spending time in areas where multiple power tools are being operated at once.

Scaffolding: Falls from scaffolding are actually the second leading cause of death at construction sites. Scaffolding is sometimes improperly constructed or poorly maintained, which puts construction workers as well as pedestrians at risk.

If you have been involved in a construction accident, contact the Texas personal injury attorneys of Fears | Nachawati. To receive free legal advice from an experienced construction site accident lawyer, simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

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