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What are common construction site hazards?

Connecticut construction workers like you often work in extremely hazardous environments. Not only can equipment be dangerous to work around even when you're using it properly, but accidents can happen and mistakes can be made. Here are some common hazards to keep an eye out for.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration points out that fatal accidents at construction sites average a higher rate than any other industry in the country. Some of the top hazards include:

  • Electric shock
  • Crush injuries
  • Falls from heights
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Scaffold or trench collapses
  • Equipment malfunction or improper use

Some accidents are preventable. For example, you should always be wearing safety equipment at all recommended times and following the safety instructions for your workzone. Labeling hazards and knowing where they are in the workplace is another way to cut down on the possibility of an accident.

Other incidents occur even if you follow all safety precautions perfectly. There are many different components that can contribute to an accident. The equipment itself might be poorly maintained, or there may have been a manufacturing error present before your company bought it. Even simple careless mistakes like someone accidentally leaving a plug lying across the floor can cause you to trip, fall, and injure yourself.

If you have been injured at your workplace, you might want to speak to a legal professional. They will be able to help you determine if you can make a personal injury claim, and what you could stand to gain from determining liability in your accident.

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