Construction work is a vital yet dangerous occupation. During 2020, over 20 percent of deaths occurred in the construction industry, and more than 33 percent were due to slips, trips and falls.
Many non-fatal and fatal accidents can be avoided when construction companies implement (and employees follow) safety protocols. Below are five methods they can use to prevent accidents on construction sites.
Make sure workers wear the required safety gear
One of the ways construction employees can protect themselves is by wearing steel-toed shoes, hard hats, gloves and any other equipment. Sadly, only a fraction of injured workers wear the appropriate protective gear, so it’s crucial for management to enforce this.
Conduct construction safety meetings
Managers should take time out of their daily work schedule to hold construction safety meetings. Holding meetings on a frequent basis helps workers know what is expected of them when it comes to adhering to safety measures.
Execute proper employee training
When employers lay out written policies concerning emergency procedures, hazard awareness and other important components, construction workers would be able to respond to potential dangers. Furthermore, workers should receive hands-on training in how to handle certain equipment and chemicals.
Ensure workers take breaks
One of the reasons why construction workers get hurt is because of exhaustion and fatigue. Taking regular breaks can aid them in reducing accidents since they’re well-rested and alert.
Practice proper use of construction objects/tools
Though it’s easier for some construction workers to use boards or blocks to support scaffolding, it’s not safe because they’re unstable. Scaffolding should possess appropriate parts like toe boards and guardrails.
Construction workers can still get hurt despite the best safety practices. If you or someone close to you got injured while working on a construction site, consider seeking legal assistance to learn about workers’ compensation.