The Most Common Accidents in the Construction Industry

It likely comes as no surprise that the construction industry is dangerous for all involved, but especially for construction workers who are on hazardous work sites every day. Hazards are always present in construction zones, and any error or mishap can result in serious, life-altering injuries to victims. 

Many types of accidents happen in the construction industry, but some are more common than others. If you’re injured on a construction site, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance from a seasoned attorney. 

Statistics Provide Information Regarding the Four Most Common Accidents in Construction

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) promotes the health, safety, and welfare of individuals at work. They’ve conducted research to identify the top four types of accidents in the construction industry.

While other types of accidents can also happen, these four are the most likely to occur on construction sites. 


Falls on construction sites encompass both slips and falls and falls from heights. 

Some of the common causes of falls in the construction industry include:

  • Tripping hazards
  • Using unsecured ladders
  • Lack of fall protection equipment
  • Leaks and spills
  • Defective flooring
  • Cracked or uneven pavement

A serious fall can result in several types of injuries, from head and brain injuries to broken bones and spinal cord trauma. These injuries can result in a range of complications, including chronic pain, nerve damage, and paralysis. 

Struck-By Accidents

A struck-by accident entails getting hit by a tool or a piece of equipment or machinery. Struck-by accidents often involve getting struck by a falling object, a vehicle, or a moving machine. 

Getting struck by something on a construction site can lead to any of the following injuries:

Construction workers are at high risk of getting struck by objects and equipment when employers don’t provide sufficient safety equipment or take protective measures. 

Caught-In/Between Accidents

Working around heavy equipment and machines can put you at risk of getting caught in these machines or between equipment. Additionally, these accidents involve being trapped underneath something, often a fallen object. 

Injuries from caught-in/between accidents can be particularly traumatic. Such incidents can result in crushed body parts, severely broken bones, and even significant lacerations that could sever your limbs. 


Construction sites are riddled with wires and electrical equipment. Working around electricity can be particularly dangerous, resulting in unfortunate accidents and serious injury. Burns are the most common type of injury caused by electrocutions. However, because getting electrocuted is so stressful on the body, it can also cause cardiac arrest and nerve damage. 

Seeking Compensation After a Construction Accident

After a construction accident, you may have the opportunity to pursue compensation to cover your injuries and related losses. How you seek financial recovery depends on the circumstances. 

Injured employees can typically file a claim through workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp is a special type of insurance employers maintain to protect their employees in the event of a workplace accident. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can help you get certain benefits, including compensation for medical treatment and lost wages.

If a third party played a role in your accident, you may have the chance to file a personal injury lawsuit for fair financial recovery. 

Following your construction accident, don’t wait to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer can address your questions and concerns, give you proper guidance, and provide the highest quality representation as they fight to protect your rights and secure compensation.

If you’ve been injured in a personal injury, please contact Marzzacco Niven & Associates at the nearest location to schedule a free consultation today:

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