The construction industry is not very safe, even though many steps have been taken to make it safer over time. People who work in this industry find that they're exposed to a greater number of hazards, which can mean that they're put at risk of injuries more often.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that over 9 percent of 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were suffered by people in the construction industry. Many of these injuries were due to falls, falling objects, equipment-related accidents and repetitive-motion injuries.
As the summer approaches, one important hazard to discuss is heat stroke, which occurs when people are exposed to high temperatures for too long. They may become dehydrated and be unable to cool down. This can lead to a life-threatening medical emergency.
Another hazard is traffic. If you work on or near roadways, spring and summer months, along with some months in the winter, tend to have more tourists and travelers. With a greater number of travelers comes a higher risk of injuries from those who make mistakes on the unfamiliar roads.
Construction accidents are all-too-common, but you can help prevent them. Do what you can to get enough sleep, eat well and rest when needed. Drink fluids often, and encourage co-workers to do the same. Being alert and focused can help reduce incidents, which should be the goal of anyone in the workplace.
Our site has more on construction accidents and how you can better protect your interests if you are involved in an incident that results in injury.