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Top dangers when working on a construction site

If you spend any time working on construction sites, it's critical that you understand the steps you can take to stay safe.

Even workers who have many years of experience could suffer a serious injury on a construction site. Fortunately, when you understand the top dangers, it's easier to avoid them. They include:

  • Working at height: For example, if you're working on a ladder or scaffolding, it's critical to take all available safety measures. This reduces the risk of falling to the ground below.
  • Moving vehicles: Vehicles are common on construction sites. From delivery trucks to bulldozers, you never know what you'll come across. Pay close attention to moving vehicles, while also making yourself visible at all times.
  • Slips and falls: It's hard to watch every step you take, but if you don't you could slip or trip and fall. For example, power cords are a major trip hazard on construction sites.
  • Heavy lifting: If your job requires you to lift heavy objects, do so with safety in mind. In addition to proper lifting technique, ask for help if necessary.

These are just a few of the many dangers lurking on a construction site.

No matter how hard you try, it's possible that you could suffer an injury as a result of one of these safety hazards. If you do, report the incident to your employer and receive medical treatment as soon as possible.

Depending on your injury and prognosis, your doctor may suggest that you rest for an extended period of time. If you're not able to work, learn more about the workers' compensation system and the benefits for which you qualify.

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