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The 4 common construction site accidents in Ohio

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Construction workers in Ohio face a dynamic and often perilous environment on a daily basis. Employers and their employees can mitigate most of the common hazards by following proper safety protocols, but you need to be extra careful to avoid getting hurt. Some of the main types of construction site accidents you should watch out for include the following.

Falls from heights

Ladders, scaffolding and roofs account for most construction site falls in Ohio. If you are not properly secured with fall protection systems, such as harnesses and guardrails, you could suffer catastrophic injuries. Additionally, the ladders, scaffoldings and any other equipment you are using to get to higher heights must be in their best condition to avoid slipping or tripping.

Machinery accidents

Forklifts, cranes, bulldozers and other heavy machinery always require trained and licensed operators. There are instances where these machines have crushed, run over or even fatally injured workers due to avoidable errors. Fatigue, negligence and poor maintenance are among the leading causes of such accidents on construction sites.


If your workstation has exposed power lines, faulty wiring, or improper grounding, electrocution is bound to occur unless someone does something about it. You can get electrocuted when you accidentally come into contact with live wires or if water, metal objects, or tools conduct electricity from an exposed power source.

Struck-by incidents

Falling objects, swinging loads or moving equipment can strike you while working on a construction site. This can happen due to inadequate securing of materials, poor communication with other workers, or blind spots around heavy machinery. Injuries from such accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe head trauma or even death.

What to do when hurt

In the event of an accident, taking immediate action is crucial. Seek medical help in a reputable facility to get proper treatment and prevent any further damage. Report the incident to your supervisor or manager, and document all accident details. Afterward, you should file for workers’ compensation, which provides medical benefits and a portion of lost wages.

Safety in the construction industry is predominantly about creating a culture of vigilance and preparedness. Recognizing the potential hazards on-site and understanding how to act in any situation can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents.