Construction sites are dangerous places, and even with the most stringent safety policies in place, accidents can happen and injury can occur, so it’s important that everyone on site knows the dangers, and importantly, how to guard against them.
Here at CLM, we pride ourselves on supplying some of the most reliable and above all, safe equipment on the market. Our MABER hoists are all tested to the most stringent levels, ensuring, when used correctly, they remain safe in all conditions.
However, you should still be aware of hazards, whatever equipment you’re using, so here’s a run-down of how to ensure you get maximum safety on site.
The 7 Most Common Construction Lifting Hazards

1. Forklift Hazards
2. Crane Accidents
3. Electricity Hazards
4. Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
5. Loading & Unloading Errors
6. Collapsing Trenches
7. Back Injuries, Neck Injuries, Shoulder Injuries

1. Forklift Hazards

Forklifts can give a false sense of security, with operators thinking that they can lift more than their capacity. Obviously, this is dangerous. If you attempt to lift something that is beyond its capability, you could end up toppling over which could injure the driver and people around it.

Preventative Solutions:

  • it is important that forklift operators be certified and trained to operate this type of machinery.
  • Never exceed the load capacity
  • Routine maintenance should be performed at regular intervals
  • Ensure you keep a record of all accidents, maintenance and issues found, they could build up a picture of problems if accidents occur

2. Crane Accidents

  • Accidents can happen when workers are in close proximity to an overhead load. Materials and debris can fall, injuring a worker. Accidents can also happen if people are too close to the crane swing radius. If the boom of a crane comes in contact with a power line, this can be fatal. Wind and other bad weather can also lead to crane hazards.

    Preventative Solutions:

  • Check the distance between the crane and electrical lines, make sure it’s within regulations
  • Do not move loads over workers
  • Stay within the limit of the crane capacity
  • Before lifting a load, check the balance of the crane
  • Never operate a crane in windy or bad weather conditions

3. Electricity Hazards

A potential threat when using lifting machines and being on a construction site is live electrical parts. You can be harmed if you touch live electrical parts. If you are operating a machine and any part of the machine or load comes into contact with a live electrical part, this can be dangerous.

Preventative Solutions

  • When on a construction site make note of all overhead power sources. A safety inspection should highlight all issues, but flag them up to a health and safety officer if you’re unsure.
  • Be sure there are no underground live electrical parts exposed
  • Keep all ladders, scaffolds, and machinery away from live electrical parts
  • Only qualified electricians should come to handle any electricity issues on site, if you’re not qualified, don’t be tempted to deal with electrical issues, even if it looks like a trivial matter

4. Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

This is a very painful disease that affects your nerves, blood vessels, and joints. What causes this disease is the prolonged use of construction tools, primarily hand-held power tools and heavy machinery.

Preventative Solutions

  • Always wear the proper protective gear while working with machinery
  • Maintain the maintenance and quality of all machinery to avoid problems
  • Offer HAVS training so that all workers are aware of the dangers and trained on how to avoid them

5. Loading & Unloading Errors

A common mistake when using lifting machinery is loading and unloading cargo incorrectly. Items that are stacked wrong can easily fall and potentially injure someone. Loading is just as important as unloading; a system should be followed.

Preventative Solutions

  • Take your time!
  • Only load within the weight capacity
  • Before moving any type of machine make sure the load is secured

6. Collapsing Trenches

  • Collapsing trenches is a common occurrence on a construction site. The weight and movement of a lifting machine can contribute to the cause of collapsing trenches or weakened ground areas.

    Preventative Solutions

  • Make sure all trenches are supported
  • Regularly inspect the trench before and during construction work
  • Carefully monitor machinery around trenches

7. Bodily Injuries

When using machinery, your body is susceptible to injury. Common injuries include back problems, neck problems, shoulder, and wrist problems from operating large lifting machines.

Preventative Solutions

  • Wear supportive braces to limit injury
  • Keep correct posture when operating machines, it can eliminate strain on your muscles and bones
  • Immediately address tension in any part of your body, prolonged stress and tension on your body can lead to injury

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