Construction is a dangerous industry by nature. You work with large machines, at high heights and with many tools. Since this job requires moving from site to site, it can make it difficult to keep up with safety, but it is everyone’s job on the work site to look out for hazards. Knowing the common hazards on construction sites can help you to stay alert and potentially save yourself or a co-worker from an injury.
The United States Department of Labor explains that some safety hazards will be obvious, but that others may be something you have to be more observant to notice. For example, scaffold risks are obvious. You can see if the scaffold looks unstable or if there is another obvious issue. You can also see if safety devices are in place or not. Repetitive motion injuries, though, are not always so obvious. You could suffer from one of these injuries just by doing your job each day.
Other issues to keep an eye out for include falls and electrocution. Sometimes these issues are obvious, but more often, it is up to you and co-workers to follow safety protocols and use safety gear to help prevent these accidents.
Watch out for holes and uneven areas in the ground around a work site. These can lead to falls or leg injuries if you were to step into them without realizing it. Ladders are another hazard to watch out for. If you are using a ladder, make sure you follow safety rules to avoid a fall.
Finally, falling objects pose a huge risk. Always wear head protection and be aware of what is going on above you as you move about a work site.