An unfortunate but necessary evil, construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Construction workers are not only responsible for making sure that new buildings get built and roadways laid, but also that they are maintained and usable. However, while construction workers are providing a very necessary service, it doesn’t come without considerable risk.
There are a number of hazards on the job site that can cause injury if not worse to a construction worker. That said, here are the most common causes of injuries on construction sites, as well as some tips for preventing them.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) cites falls as being one of the most common workplace hazards, especially around construction zones. Falling is a very real hazard when working on scaffolding, or during building construction, however an inattentive worker can also fall in a manhole, ditch, or other drop during a job.
Always use safety gear such as harnesses, nets, and safety railing when possible. Additionally, make sure to mark drop offs and other hazards such as manholes clearly to help draw attention to the hazard.
Heavy equipment and machinery is also very big hazard on the job site. Not only do workers have to move around this equipment while it’s operating, such as a crane or a back hoe, but they also have to work directly with heavy machinery such as jackhammers which, when misused, can cause some considerable injury and harm.
Make sure all workers are wearing bright colored, reflective gear, which helps to make them more visible to heavy machinery operators. All workers that are operating heavy equipment need to be trained and certified to reduce the possibility for accidents.
Falling objects, whether they be tools or debris, can cause considerable harm to an unfortunate worker below. Unfortunately, workers who are up above ground level, aren’t always aware of what, or who, is below them. Additionally, debris, especially during deconstruction and demolition, is also a hazard.
Hard hats are a must. While they might not do much to help against the bigger and heavier objects, it does a lot to help against the smaller objects like tools that might fall. Additionally, situational awareness is also key to avoiding injury, especially if there are workers above.
Workplace Safety is Everyone’s Job
When it comes to reducing and preventing injuries on the job site, it really is everyone’s job to work together. Situational awareness goes both ways when it comes to something that could potentially be hazardous. That said, accidents do happen. If you’ve been injured on the job site then make sure you’re not leaving anything up to chance.
Speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options. Unfortunately, most accidents are out of your control and if you’ve been injured on the job site, chances are good that the worker’s compensation will only go so far. Between lost work and medical expenses, it can be a trying time, especially when you’re trying to recover. By working with an experienced personal injury attorney and exploring your options you can protect both your rights and your future.
Michael Schreyer is a personal injury attorney in Maryland and is a partner in the firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC. He is an experienced personal injury attorney, serving the Maryland and Washington, DC area and providing information and advice on his law blog at dcmdlaw.com.