Health & Safety Hazards in the Construction Industry

Construction work is considered to have the largest number of fatalities reported for any industry sector. In fact, construction site work injuries involving contractors accounted for 12% of all fatal work injuries in 2011. About 13 workers die every day.

Physical Hazards

Physical hazards are present in every construction project. The leading causes of physical injuries on site are falls from height, motor vehicle crashes, excavation accidents, electrocution, machines, and being struck by falling objects. Falls from height is the most common cause of injury in construction work.

Chemical Hazards

Construction workers are not only vulnerable to physical injuries, but health injuries as well that may include chemical hazards such as asbestos, synthetic fibers, metal fumes or other harsh chemicals. Severe illnesses have been linked to these hazards. Elevated death rates from cancer of the lung and respiratory tree have been found among asbestos insulation workers, roofers, welders and some woodworkers. Lead poisoning occurs among bridge rehabilitation workers and painters. If untreated, lead poisoning can cause permanent damages.

If you have been injured on the job, contact us immediately.