Construction workers face specific hazards as they do their job duties. It’s up to their employers to ensure that there are appropriate safety measures in place to reduce the risk of these hazards.
There are some hazards that are more common than others. These also happen to be some of the most deadly ones for people in this industry. Safety in the construction industry is crucial because one out of every five deaths related to job duties occurs in this one industry.
Hazard #1: Falling and falling objects
Workers falling from heights above ground and objects falling from higher elevations can lead to devastating injuries. Fall arrest devices and equipment to prevent falling objects can prevent a lot of injuries. All workers should also be trained on proper ladder procedures, including keeping three points of contact at all times. Keeping work areas free of debris and clutter, as well as wearing non-slip shoes are beneficial.
Hazard #2: Being struck by an object
Moving equipment at construction sites are a major risk for workers. Being stuck by a vehicle or a piece of equipment can lead to serious injuries. Backup alarms and spotters can help to prevent these types of accidents from occurring. Workers should always wear bright clothing and safety vests when they’re in an area with moving equipment so they’re easily visible to the machinery operators.
Hazard #3: Being electrocuted
Coming into contact with live wires can lead to burns, but it can also lead to death. The electrical shock that comes from contact with a live wire can cause a person’s heart to stop. Nerve damage is also possible. Using proper lockout/tagout procedures, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and staying away from energized items can help keep workers safe.
Injured construction workers should ensure they get medical care. While it might be tempting to try to finish your shift, this could lead to worsened injuries. Workers’ compensation should cover the costs of medical care and other specific expenses. You may need to appeal an incorrect decision if the initial determination isn’t correct.