Construction sites are filled with safety hazards, including machinery and other equipment. All construction workers deserve a safe workplace, so it’s up to the employers to ensure that the risks of workplace danger are minimized in accordance with the law.
There are four primary dangers that construction workers face. These are all fatal hazards that are usually preventable. Understanding what these hazards are can help workers stay safer, provided that employees and employers alike take them seriously.
Falls are overwhelmingly the primary cause of fatalities in the construction industry. They account for 36.5% of all fatalities in this industry. Any worker working at heights should have a fall arrest worker to protect them from falls. It’s also critical that anyone climbing ladders or using scaffolding uses the proper safety protocol, including having three points of contact at all times.
Struck by objects
Struck-by-objects incidents include being hit by equipment or having things fall on someone. Safety netting and safety straps can prevent some of these. Wearing hard hats, safety vests, or other bright clothing can also help. All workers must be vigilant to watch for falling objects and prevent things from falling when possible.
Being aware of live wires on a construction site is critical. Avoiding overhead lines is one of the most effective ways to prevent electrocutions, but there are other factors that workers also need to consider. These include checking cords so they can avoid using frayed or broken cords and staying out of water when using powered equipment.
Caught in or between
Workers who are caught in or between equipment or machines can be crushed. This hazard includes trench collapses and being pinned against objects. Using securement methods for trenches and excavation sites and being vigilant about workers when operating machinery can reduce these risks.
Construction workers who suffer an injury at work need medical care immediately. Workers’ compensation should cover those expenses in most situations. Other benefits might be possible, depending on the circumstances. Seeking legal guidance can help to ensure that injury victims receive the maximum amount of compensation that they’re due.