With so much complex machinery moving a wide range of materials, often from precarious heights and locations, it’s not surprising to learn that accidents at construction sites are an all too common occurrence.
The pressure of deadlines makes shortcuts somewhat tempting but, as the video above shows, when things go wrong on a construction site, they tend to go spectacularly wrong.
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that there was a total of 49 fatal injuries to workers in the construction industry between 2011 and 2012 which amounts to 22 per cent of the total figure for fatalities at work.
Though there were no fatalities in the video above, it was a close run thing. Only good alertness and evasive action saved the man on the ground from a catastrophic accident.
Common construction accidents
Many accidents on construction sites involve a crane in one way or another. Whether it’s a case of overbalancing, like in the video above, or, more commonly, dropping things and accidentally knocking into walls etc. Cranes can be a constant menace.
Falling debris is perhaps the most common hazard on a site and can lead to a number of construction site accident claims. You’ll never be more grateful for a hard-hat than the moment it takes the brunt of the force from a loose pole.
Potential accident at work claims in the video
Clearly, something has gone wrong somewhere. Cranes don’t usually end up on their sides in projects where everything is running smoothly. What’s less clear is where the blame lies. The men seem happy with proceedings and in control, which suggests they they are following orders rather than creating their own solutions.
High-visibility jackets and hard hats are all clearly in use so the problem is the site itself. As can be clearly seen at 35 seconds, the soil and ground give way, unable to take the weight of the crane and its cargo.
The fault then, lies with the management which either failed to check whether the ground was suitably stable or miscalculated. The poor crane operator is certainly due some work accident compensation.
While they may look spectacular and even amusing in a slapstick fashion, accidents on a construction site have the potential to be extremely serious and the consequences severe. As the video shows, miscalculations or risky short cuts are simply not worth the potential fallout.