Construction workers face significant hazards on the job. It’s up to the construction company to ensure that these workers have what they need to remain safe. This includes proper equipment, protocol and training.
Some hazards are more common in construction than others. Planning for these is critical so that workers can remain safe. Employers should implement a protocol requiring their workers to follow certain safety guidelines.
Safety around trenches
Trenches are particularly dangerous because of the risk of collapse. Workers may become entrapped under dirt or other debris that’s present. Protecting or strengthening the trench to reduce the likelihood of collapse is important. There are several ways to do this, including sloping, shoring, benching and shielding. There are specific rules and laws that employers must require their trench workers to follow to keep them safe.
When you think of falls in construction, you may automatically think about a person falling from heights. Some falls in construction have to do with objects falling. A comprehensive fall prevention program should encompass both types of falls so that workers can remain safe. This might include using fall arrest equipment or adding netting or other protection for objects that may drop down.
Any construction worker who’s injured at work has specific rights that they can count on. One of these has to do with workers’ compensation coverage. This helps to cover medical bills and other expenses related to the injury. Working with someone familiar with these cases may help you ensure that you get the benefits that you’re due.