Why new and aging construction workers face high injury risks

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | Workers' compensation

Construction work can be demanding and dangerous, especially for new entrants and aging workers in the industry. These groups face heightened risks of injuries due to various factors.

Understanding these risks helps ensure the safety and well-being of all construction workers.

Challenges faced by new entrants

New construction workers often lack experience. They may also not be fully aware of safety protocols and hazards on construction sites. Without proper training and supervision, they are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries. The fast-paced and physically demanding nature of construction work can also overwhelm newcomers, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

Risks associated with aging workers

Aging construction workers face unique challenges due to declining physical abilities and potential health issues. Years of strenuous labor can take a toll on their bodies. It can also make them more susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue. Age-related factors such as decreased flexibility and slower reaction times can further increase the risk of accidents on construction sites.

Preventative measures

Proactive measures are necessary to address the safety concerns new and aging construction workers face. Providing safety training programs for new entrants helps familiarize them with potential hazards and safe work practices. Ongoing training and refresher courses can also help aging workers stay updated on safety protocols and techniques to prevent injuries.

According to Equipment World, a study of 1.2 million workers’ compensation claims in the construction industry showed that first-year employees are those most likely to sustain injuries. By recognizing the specific risks new and aging workers face, employers can create safer work environments for everyone.