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It’s clear that construction sites are dangerous and most adhere to strict safety standards put forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). According to OSHA, the top four leading causes of death on a construction site are due to falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and being caught in or between construction equipment.
Here’s a refresher to keep yourself safe and free from debilitating injuries while working a construction job.
Any time a construction worker needs to work in an area where they risk falling, the worker should be sure that fall protection processes are in place. These places are not exclusive to scaffolding or working at a great height; they also include elevator shafts and holes in the ground. The worker should inspect any harnesses and other equipment used to protect from a fall to ensure they are in proper working order. All employers are required to provide this type of equipment. If a construction worker sees any issues or feels unsafe, he should speak with a supervisor to remedy any safety issues.
Aside from fall protection equipment, construction workers should wear:
You must make sure you understand how to operate equipment, safely handle hazardous substances and any other task you are expected to achieve on the job. Proper training will keep you safe because you have the knowledge to understand the right and wrong way to handle your specific job.
Never be afraid to ask your supervisor questions; it’s always better to be safe than sorry on a construction site. If you were injured at a construction site, contact the personal injury lawyers at The May Firm. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Call today at 1-844-MAYFIRM.
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