Construction workers account for one out of every five work-related fatalities in this country. While it’s widely accepted that construction is a dangerous industry, there are many who don’t realize what a big role basic safety procedures can play in keeping these workers safe.
It’s up to employers to ensure these workers have the equipment and training they need to remain safe. Understanding the risks these hardworking men and women face is crucial to helping to keep them out of harm’s way.
Being struck by an object
Objects falling from above a person can lead to serious injuries. The same is true for being hit by moving machinery like vehicles. Workers should wear proper safety gear. This includes brightly colored safety vests that make it easy for machinery operators to see them and hard hats to prevent objects from striking them in the head. Some job sites may need netting and similar safety measures to prevent objects from falling onto workers below.
Falling from heights above ground level
Working at any elevation above ground level is risky. Workers should have fall arrest devices to help prevent them from slamming to the ground if they fall. For those who are climbing ladders, remembering to follow the three-points-of-contact rule is important. Being aware of edges is important for roofers and others who are working higher up off the ground.
Injured construction workers should ensure they get immediate medical attention. Workers’ compensation coverage should cover the costs of this, as well as other expenses related to the injury. You may need to appeal an initial decision so be sure you work with someone familiar with these cases.