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Common Construction Site Hazards

Posted by Steve Mansell on Feb 9, 2018

This is part 1 in a series of articles about construction site hazards.

Construction site hazards are common in such a constantly-changing working environment. Taking proactive steps in awareness and safety can decrease the likelihood of property damage, injuries, and in more severe cases, fatalities. Almost 6.5 million people work on more than a quarter of a million construction sites each day. Compared to other industries, fatalities at construction sites are significantly higher.

What Are Some Common Construction Site Hazards?


Frequently, construction projects require crews to work at heights from scaffolding. However, scaffolds are associated with several construction site hazards. If they are installed or used incorrectly, they could fall and cause damage or severe injury. There are approximately 4,500 scaffold-related injuries and 50 fatalities every year.

How can you prevent injury?

Scaffolds should be erected on solid footing and must be able to carry their own weight, plus four times the maximum intended load, without settling or displacement. Once installed, they should be equipped with guardrails, midrails, and toeboards. A “competent person” must inspect scaffolding several times while in use. If there is a change or a shift, it must be repaired immediately or it can negatively impact the scaffolding’s stability.

Fall Protection

Other construction site hazards to be aware of involve falls from elevated areas. Each year, falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry. Several factors involved in falls are unstable work areas, misuse or failure to use fall protection equipment, and human error. Studies show that using guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, and harnesses can prevent many deaths and severe injuries associated with falls.

Other solutions include using aerial lifts or elevated platforms to provide safer elevated work surfaces. Additionally, any floor holes should be covered.

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