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Common falling objects that can injure construction workers

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2023 | Construction Accidents

Construction sites are dynamic places where numerous activities take place simultaneously. These sites are important for society as a whole but pose various risks to the workers.

One significant hazard is falling objects, which can cause severe injuries and death.

Tools and equipment

Tools and equipment can become dangerous. For example, equipment hitting workers accounts for about 15.4% of construction industry fatalities.

Wrenches, hammers, drills and other hand tools can easily slip from a worker’s grasp, potentially causing injury to themselves or others below. An important safety measure is to tether or safely secure tools not in use.

Building materials

Workers or supervisors may stack materials such as bricks, concrete blocks and lumber or put them at a height during construction. These heavy materials can become unstable and fall, endangering those nearby. Unfortunately, workers do not always get proper training in stacking or moving these materials.


Construction sites generate a significant amount of debris, including wood scraps, nails and discarded building materials. Loose debris on higher floors or platforms can fall unexpectedly, posing a risk to workers below. Regular cleanup and proper disposal of debris help maintain a safe environment.

Scaffolding and ladders

Collapsing scaffolding or an unstable ladder can result in falls and injuries. Regular inspections and adherence to safety guidelines are important.

Roofing materials

Roofing work involves materials such as shingles, tiles and tar that workers install at heights. These materials can slip or fall, posing a threat to workers and bystanders.

Preventing accidents caused by falling objects is a shared responsibility. Employers must provide proper training, safety equipment and secure storage for tools and materials.


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