Defective or Poorly Maintained Equipment
Construction workers need more than a strong back and skill with a hammer to get the job done. Like most modern industries, construction relies on heavy equipment. Power tools, forklifts, excavators and other pieces of machinery enable maximum productivity but the very power that makes equipment so effective also increases the likelihood of danger.
If not responsibly operated and maintained, the tools of the construction trade can cause serious workplace injuries.
Heavy equipment alone doesn’t make a construction site dangerous. Workers in the building trades are exposed to dangers such as heights and falling objects that require the use of personal safety gear. Improperly maintained safety equipment, however, could fail at the very moment a worker needs it.