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Equipment hazards at construction sites

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

When you work in construction, heavy machinery and equipment play a pivotal role in advancing projects. However, these necessary tools can pose significant risks, leading to accidents.

If just one of these potential causes of construction equipment accidents is present on your worksite, you and everyone you work with are at risk.

Limited visibility

Many construction equipment pieces have blind spots that hinder operator visibility. This limitation can result in accidents when colleagues or other machinery are not easy to see. Lack of awareness about these blind spots can lead to collisions and potentially severe injuries.

Inadequate training

Operating construction equipment demands specialized skills and training. Without proper training, workers struggle to control the equipment effectively, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

Mechanical failures

Equipment undergoes significant wear and tear due to the demanding nature of construction work. Mechanical failures, such as brake malfunctions or hydraulic system issues, can lead to accidents if not detected and addressed promptly.

Insufficient communication

Effective communication is paramount on construction sites. Accidents can occur when there is a breakdown in communication between equipment operators, ground workers and other personnel.

Uneven terrain

Construction sites often involve uneven terrain and unstable ground. Operating heavy equipment on such surfaces can lead to tipping or rollover accidents.

Overloaded or improperly loaded equipment

Overloading construction equipment beyond its capacity or improperly loading materials can compromise stability and control. This increases the risk of accidents, including tip-overs and equipment malfunctions.

Lack of safety protocols

Failure to implement and enforce safety protocols can contribute to construction equipment accidents. Absence or disregard of safety measures, such as failing to wear personal protective equipment or to follow designated pathways, can lead to injuries and fatalities.

Understanding why equipment accidents happen is key to staying safe on construction sites.