If you work in the construction industry, you understand that your health is at risk to a certain degree. Even if you do your best to remain safe, the physical strain of your job could take its toll on you over time.

Some construction site accidents result in minor injuries that you can quickly recover from. Others, however, can take you out of work for good.

Here are five of the most common types of construction accidents, all of which have the potential to impact you over the long run:

  • Fall from height: Working on a ladder, scaffolding or a roof is dangerous, as a fall to the ground below typically results in serious injury or death.
  • Falling objects: Even if you’re working on the ground, you need to concern yourself with what’s going on above you. From shingles to tools, anything that falls from above can pick up enough momentum to injure someone standing on the ground.
  • Equipment accidents: There are many types of equipment in use on construction sites, all of which can make your job easier. Unfortunately, some equipment has the potential to cause serious injury. An example of this would be a nail gun accident or a vehicle crush-between.
  • Building collapse: It’s a rare accident, but one that can occur nonetheless. A building collapse typically happens without notice, and anyone inside is likely to suffer a serious injury.
  • Explosions, fire and electrocution: All of these things can happen on a construction site, such as if there are wires exposed to water or improper storage of flammable chemicals.

Construction workers understand that they could be part of an accident at some point. While this doesn’t stop you from doing your job, it should make you realize that you need to think about your safety at all times.

If you’re part of a construction site accident, stop what you are doing and call for help. Also, report the incident and your injuries to your employer, as they need to be clear about what went wrong and how you’re feeling.

If you’ve filed for workers’ compensation benefits and realize that you won’t be able to return to work, you should also file for Social Security Disability Insurance. You never want to miss out on compensation that is due to you.