Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. We all know this. What we may not realize is that construction jobs (in all trades) are some of the most hazardous, and accounted for over 18 percent of workplace fatalities in 2010. Historically, 1 in 4 construction workers are injured on the job each year in non-fatal accidents. This certainly represents a dangerous occupation.
It does not take a great imagination to understand why these jobs are so dangerous. On any given construction site there are heavy machines, sharp tools, power tools, scaffolding, trip hazards, electrical hazards, and many other potential dangers. While any of these can cause harm, some hazards seem to cause more injuries than others. (more…)