If you work on a construction site, it's likely that you regularly work in the vicinity of cranes. They are devices that enable the construction of tall buildings, and they are necessary for building the modern cities that we live in today.
Workers always have risks in their environments, whether they work in an office or on a construction site. Of course, some professions carry more risks than others. Many employees who work directly with electricity, in particular, are subject to higher risks.
On a construction site, accidents often happen because of a lack of communication. People get confused or assume that someone else knows something that they don't know, and then someone gets hurt. The incident could easily have been avoided if communication was more of a focus for all involved.
Minnesota construction workers like you are surrounded by equipment and machinery that can harm you if it isn't maintained and used properly. Today, Lindberg Law, P.C., will take a look at the dangers that forklifts in particular may present.
Minnesota construction workers face many physical risks when on the job. However, not every source of injury is specific to the industry. In fact, ladders pose one of the biggest safety threats. Ladder falls are hugely damaging in more ways than one, and can permanently alter a workers' life.
The construction industry is an integral part of the American workforce. However, this dangerous job leads to a significant number of injuries and deaths every year. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are 252,000 construction work sites across the U.S. on any given day, employing 6.5 million workers. In 2017 alone, 971 construction workers were killed. That equates to one in five workers who were killed in the U.S. were employed in the construction industry. The leading causes of these construction deaths are referred to as constructions ‘fatal four’, as they are the most dangerous in the industry.
The end of the year is a time for many to take stock of the events of the previous 12 months to try to identify patterns, both good and bad, to replicate successes and to learn from mistakes. While statistics from 2018 are not yet available, a report recently released by the Department of Labor and Industry indicates that 101 people in Minnesota died from work-related accidents in 2017.
As a worker on a Minnesota construction site, you likely understand how to keep safe whenever a forklift is in operation. From pinning a worker, to tipping over, to dropping its load on an unsuspecting person, forklifts present a number of dangers that workers are trained to watch for. However, forklifts also present a more silent danger that some construction workers might overlook.
If you work construction in Minnesota, no one need tell you that your various job sites are full of power tools and other electrical equipment. What you may not realize, however, is that being surrounded by electricity on a day-to-day basis puts you at high risk for receiving electrocution injuries.
Despite all of the safety practices and protective gear, you are still taking a risk every time you walk into a construction site in Minnesota. Accidents happen, and they happen more to those who are already injured in some way. This is why, if you were unfortunate enough to get an injury at work, you would probably want to be in top form before you returned to the job.