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What are the most common causes of construction accidents?

While working in construction is extremely rewarding, it's dangerous at the same time. Even though there are safety tips you can follow to avoid trouble, there's no way to entirely eliminate the risk of injury.

Understanding the most common causes of construction accidents will keep you on your toes. Consider the following:

  • Slip and fall: It doesn't matter if you slip and fall on the ground or at height, doing so can cause a serious injury. There are many causes of slip-and-fall accidents, such as wet surfaces, debris and low areas.
  • Falling objects: When your co-workers are working at height, there's always a possibility for something to fall to the ground below. If you're standing on the ground, the object could strike you on the head. This is why it's so important to wear a hard hat at all times.
  • Equipment accidents: Construction sites are full of equipment, ranging from bulldozers to nail guns and everything in between. Most types of equipment have the potential to cause injury if not used in the appropriate manner.
  • Vehicle accident: Construction site vehicles, ranging from bobcats to delivery trucks, have the potential to cause injury. This is true regardless of if you're driving or simply working near the vehicle.

If you're injured in one of these common types of construction accidents, stop what you're doing to assess the situation. You may need to call 911 to request an ambulance, as you need to receive immediate treatment.

Once your health is stable, learn more about the cause of the accident and the steps you can take to file a construction accident injury claim.

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