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These jobs are what make the construction industry dangerous

If you are new to the construction industry in Chicago, you may not know how dangerous your job really is. Unfortunately, construction workers suffer injuries every day even when they follow every required safety measure. In other words, sometimes things simply go wrong either due to equipment malfunctioning or another worker's mistake or negligence. When this happens, you could not only end up injured enough to miss work, but, if the injuries are serious, you might end up having to learn alternative skills in order to reenter the workforce.

Having a solid understanding of where the most dangers lurk can help you stay safe while you are on the job. These are the construction jobs that have the highest risk factors.

Power tools

Unfortunately, most construction jobs require workers to use power tools. While using power tools might seem simple, it is often the case that the easiest tasks carry a high level of risk. Because using power tools is usually easy and routine, workers can overlook safety issues. When you are using these common tools, remember to go back to the basics when it comes to following safety procedures.

Heavy equipment

Large machinery is also hazardous on a construction site, especially for inexperienced operators. Fortunately, training programs are available to help workers obtain the experience they need to operate heavy machinery safely. In addition, operators should always be aware of their surroundings and avoid driving or moving these large work machines into unsafe areas. Also, qualified personnel should conduct regular inspections on these machines to make sure they are functioning correctly.

Sewers and ducts

Working in small confined spaces is also an area of high risk for construction laborers. For example, if an enclosed area is not properly ventilated, workers might asphyxiate on dangerous fumes or suffocate due to a lack of oxygen. Another dangerous factor is the potential for accidents where there is a lack of escape routes in place. If workers become trapped in confined spaces, the consequences can be tragic.


Demolition is a high-risk job for construction workers because it is unpredictable. While it is very hard to calculate exactly how a structure or other material will react under demolition, it is possible. However, even if a demolition expert correctly calculates how a building will fall, there could be other dangers, like exposed wires that are still live.


Working at heights is the most dangerous job in the construction industry. Falls account for approximately 40 percent of construction-related fatalities and injuries. When working on tall buildings, workers are subject to high winds, fire, flooding and other unpredictable hazards.

By understanding where there is a high risk of sustaining an injury, you have a better chance of avoiding it. However, if you have suffered a workplace accident, you might be able to file for workers' compensation and receive the benefits you deserve.

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