Builders, carpenters, bricklayers, electricians and numerous other workers will be aware of the dangers of working in the construction industry. Fortunately, many dangers can be avoided with proper attention to health and safety laws. However, you may still be at risk of suffering an accident at some point. Here are some of the potential dangers that may exist.
What might go wrong?
- Falls from height. These are one of the biggest potential dangers of working in the construction industry. Multiple injuries can result that may lead to loss of life, or to life-changing injuries in some instances.
- Crush injuries. These may occur following a fall, or if someone is hit by a construction vehicle. In either case, there may be little sign of issues outwardly, but inside the body there could potentially be catastrophic injuries.
- Electric shocks. These are most likely to be a risk to electricians, but anyone working on a building renovation or building project could potentially be at risk. They can be fatal if severe enough, and can also possibly lead to injuries occurring that can be quite severe.
- Faulty equipment. Equipment should be checked and confirmed to be safe to use at all times. It is very easy to be injured by malfunctioning equipment if it has not been checked before use. The employer has a duty of care to make sure all equipment they issue to workers is safe and goes through regular and rigorous checks.
- A lack of protective gear. Protective equipment is essential – such as wearing a hardhat – if you are to remain safe while working in this environment. No mask means you may inhale dust and fumes, which could lead to injuries and illness. No hardhat can mean you sustain a head injury if something falls on you.
Stay alert to avoid the dangers of working in the construction industry
As we said above, staying alert to potential dangers will help reduce the odds of being hurt. However, if you have already received an injury of some kind, you may wish to consider speaking to someone at Accident Advice Helpline. You can do this by calling 0800 689 0500 – there’s no charge for doing so. We can see whether one of our lawyers could help you with a no win, no fee claim, so call now to learn more.
Date Published: April 18, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead