If you work in construction or have a loved one who does, you’ve probably already realized that it is more dangerous than many other professions. Construction workers have a higher risk of death than many other professionals and can suffer a number of different kinds of catastrophic injuries on the job.
Some people who work in construction have more risk than others do. Race and age can play a role in your risk on the job, but the niche area of construction in which you specialize may also affect your level of risk. What is the most dangerous kind of construction work that you could do for a living?
The most dangerous construction work doesn’t always involve building
Before a structure ever gets erected, workers need to prep the site where the building will stand or demolish any existing structure(s) on the land. Those who work in excavation moving earth or removing an old foundation likely are at a lot more risk than other people who work in construction.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction workers who do excavation work have more than double the risk of dying on the job than other construction workers.
In addition to working with heavy machinery, there is also the potential for earth slides when moving large amounts of dirt or caught-between incidents if existing or new structures tip or someone fails to see you while in a large piece of equipment.
Depending on the situation that led to your injury, you may have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim, which is why you might want to talk with an attorney soon after you get hurt on the job.