Construction workers are responsible for a variety of tasks, many of which put them in harm’s way. Knowledge of the most common construction site dangers can help you adjust your approach to your shift, thus minimizing the risk of an accident.

Here are five dangers that most construction workers regularly contend with:

  • Slip and fall: Construction sites aren’t always the cleanest of workplaces, which increases the risk of a slip and fall. For example, if someone leaves a tool or piece of debris on the ground, it immediately becomes a trip hazard.
  • Fall from height: Not all construction workers work at height, but if you do you should take extra caution. For example, always wear a safety harness when working on a roof or scaffolding.
  • Power tools: These tools go a long way in making your job easier, but they also increase the risk of an accident. Inspect every tool before you use it. Make sure you read the instruction manual. And if you have any questions about how the tool works, don’t use it until you’re 100% clear.
  • Heavy machinery: For instance, bulldozers are commonly used on construction sites. It doesn’t matter if you’re operating the machinery or working in close proximity, you’re at risk of an accident. And due to the size, an accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death.
  • Electrocution: Construction sites need power, but it’s not always easy to get it in a safe manner. You should always have a clear understanding of any electrical hazards, such as extension cords that are in close proximity to a water source.

Even if you’re familiar with every type of construction site danger, it’s not enough to guarantee your safety. You never know when something will go wrong.

Should you suffer an injury at work, immediately address it to determine what to do next. It’s often best to call 911 for help, as you need to receive treatment at a local hospital.

Once you have a diagnosis and understand your recovery plan, decide what comes next in regards to your job. You may be in a position to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.