As industries go, construction is one of the most dangerous to work in. In fact, statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that while construction accounts for approximately 10 per cent of the British workforce, construction site accidents make up around 25 per cent of reported injuries at work over the course of a given year.
Reasons for construction site accidents
Given the size and complexity of the machinery dotted around the construction site, plus the nature of the work itself, it’s no surprise to learn that construction site accidents often have serious consequences.
At number one is a wince-inducing accident involving a specialist woodworker. Taking his eye off the ball for a second, this unfortunate man caught every one of the fingers on his right hand in a circular saw. The subsequent damage was severe and has left him with one hand shorter than the other. This just goes to show that, no matter how experienced you are, accidents at work are never far away.
Number two on this list of construction site accidents involves a foreman who probably thought he was safer than others in a supervisory role. However, this was not the case for this man when some timber gave way, leading to a wooden canopy collapsing directly onto his head. The resulting workplace injuries amounted to 11 stitches and a week off.
Larger companies and construction projects often bring in on-site caterers to provide workers with sustenance on the job. However, even this generous act can cause injuries at work, as was proven when one caterer cut their wrist on an exposed tin, and ended up needing eight days off for the injuries to recover.
Many accidents on construction sites are caused by faulty machinery, which is why the mechanised tools are subject to such stringent health and safety inspections and laws. On one construction site, a concrete motor trowel went haywire and became stuck in the on position. After several attempts to stop it, the workmen eventually succeeded by lassoing a large sheet and hanging on for dear life. How nobody was seriously hurt is a miracle.
Over in Spain, some tomfoolery caused a serious workplace accident when a stray football knocked a man off his ladder.
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