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What Are the Most Dangerous Tools and Equipment on Construction Sites?

Posted in Construction Accidents on August 9, 2022

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), almost 6.5 million construction workers go to work at over 250,000 construction sites every day across the country. With those numbers, it’s no wonder the injury and fatality statistics are so high for individuals working in the construction industry.

OSHA emphasizes the importance of proper training and the availability of safety gear on construction sites to minimize the occurrence of workplace accidents. However, some accidents and injuries are unavoidable.

If you suffer an accident on a construction site, consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Construction Sites Are Inherently Dangerous

Even with properly trained construction workers and safety equipment, construction sites are dangerous environments. Accidents resulting in serious injury and even death are common.

Construction accidents result in so many fatalities that OSHA even has a list of “fatal four” accidents that result in the most fatalities on construction sites.

OSHA’s fatal four include the following:

  • Falls
  • Struck by accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Caught in/between accidents

Construction site accidents and injuries happen daily, often due to dangerous tools and equipment.

The Most Dangerous Tools on Constructions Sites

There are countless tools on construction sites that serve different purposes. Tools can cause injuries for several reasons, but in most cases, a worker may sustain an injury because they lack sufficient training to use the tool or the tool is defective.

Saws

Construction workers use multiple types of saws on work sites, including:

  • Table saws
  • Chainsaws
  • Circular saws

Saws have evolved over the years, and many are now designed with safety features. However, improper use can result in loss of fingers, hands, and limbs. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for a saw to be defective and cause injury to a construction worker even with proper use.

Nail Guns

Nail guns are great tools to have on construction sites, as they speed up certain construction projects. Nonetheless, nail guns are very easy to mishandle. This can result in severe injuries to the worker using the gun or workers in the surrounding area.

Power Drills

Power drills are one of the most common types of power tools, and some construction workers may feel overconfident using one. While they may not seem particularly dangerous, power drills can quickly cause gruesome and painful injuries.

The Most Dangerous Equipment on Construction Sites

While tools are particularly hazardous, the bigger, heavier equipment on construction sites can pose an even greater danger.

Ladders

Falls are the number one cause of construction site fatalities, and many of these falls involve ladders. Construction work often calls for tall ladders, and falling from such an altitude can have a devastating result.

Cranes

Crane accidents are common on construction sites and usually involve any of the following:

  • A worker being struck by the crane’s arm
  • A worker getting crushed beneath an improperly-secured crane
  • Electrocution when a crane operator makes contact with a power line

Construction site accidents involving cranes frequently result in fatalities.

Scaffolds

It’s common for construction workers to fall from scaffolds and for scaffolds to collapse. Incidents involving scaffolds usually result in substantial injuries, with many construction workers succumbing to their injuries.

After a Construction Site Accident, Consult a New York Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve experienced an accident with resulting injuries on a construction site, do not hesitate to discuss your case with a qualified personal injury lawyer. Your attorney can investigate your accident to determine the cause of your injuries and pursue compensation on your behalf.

Contact Our Construction Accident Law Firm in New York, NY

If you need legal assistance, contact the New York City construction accident lawyers at Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers at your nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

We have two convenient locations in New York:

Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers – New York City Office
450 7th Ave #1605
New York, NY 10123
(212) 564-2800

Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers – Brooklyn Office
26 Court St Suite 2511
Brooklyn, NY 11242
(718) 802-1600