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Most Common Construction Site Accidents, and How to Deal with Them

Common Construction Site Accidents
Written by Nancy

The construction industry is infamous for being one of the most dangerous industries to work. Statistics released by the US Department of Labor indicate that 1 out of 5 worker fatalities takes place in the construction business.  

Similarly, studies conducted on the Canadian construction industry show that that the injury-related fatality rate in provinces such as New Brunswick, that have over 100,000 workers, experienced an increase in fatality rates by 111% during 2012–2017.

Because of the increase in work-related fatalities such as these, an increasing number of organizations are educating their employees in first aid training and workplace safety courses.

Here are some of the most common ways construction workers get hurt:

1. Falling from Heights

This is perhaps the most common way one can injure themselves while working at a construction site. Workers may have to make use of scaffolding or ladders in order to get the job done. Working so high up carries the major risk of slipping and falling off roofs.

According to the Ministry of Labour in Canada, an exceeding amount of work-related deaths, particularly in the construction industry, are attributed to slips and falls. The Ministry encourages companies to take initiatives and hold Falls Awareness weeks. Organizations such as Metro Safety offer courses of fall protection, encouraging scaffold workers and construction safety officers to partake.

2. Confined Spaces

Getting caught in small, confined spaces is one of the common ways that construction workers end up getting hurt. According to the Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine, caught-in, or confined spaces related deaths made up for the top 3 construction-related fatalities, in Ontario between 2015 and 2017.

The Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations defines manholes, pipelines, trenches, and ventilation ducts as confined places.

Before permitting any worker into these confined spaces, managers should make sure to give their employees instruction and training in emergency procedures. Organizations such as Metro Safety provide workers involved in heavy construction with classes on confined space safety.  These are available for both, the workers entering the space, and the standby persons.

3. Forklift Accidents

While forklifts play a crucial part in the day-to-day activities of a construction site, these vehicles can potentially cause serious injuries to workers. According to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, there are numerous reasons for these accidents, one of which is inadequate training on how to operate the machine.

While employers are supposed to provide their workers with the necessary know-how on these safety regulations on their own, these training sessions can be outsourced as well.

The courses offered by Metro Safety cover basics such as operating procedures and those enlisted are tested on their knowledge.

Metro Safety Training has been serving Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam in BC, since 2008. If you are looking for workplace safety courses in these areas, call them at 604-521-4227.

You may also want to check their course calendar to see the schedules of the courses you’re interested in providing for your workers.

About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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