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.
Be Aware of Fall Hazards
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.
Wear Proper Safety Equipment At All Times
Aside from fall protection equipment, construction workers should wear:
- Hard Hats: Hard hats are an essential piece of safety equipment on a construction site. They protect the head from traumatic injuries caused by falling objects. Hard hats also protect from electrocution, scrapes, bumps and bruises. Hard hats are mandatory on any construction site, even if there is no apparent risk of anything falling onto a person.
- Heavy Duty Work Boots: Work boots are necessary to protect the feet from falling objects. Work boots should have a reinforced, steel toe to further prevent a crushing injury to the foot. Make sure your work boots have great traction on the bottom, which will help you avoid slipping and falling — particularly when you’re working in the rain or in an area where something spilled. The thick sole of a work boot will protect your feet if you step on a nail or other sharp object. Work boots also protect against electrocution, since many are made with leather and rubber, which are non-conductive.
- Eye, Face and Ear Protection: Safety goggles, face shields, and earplugs will provide protection from flying objects, melted substances, and chemicals; ear plugs protect your hearing from excessively loud machinery. Gloves should also be worn, as they protect from rough materials and burns from welding.
Ensure You’re Properly Trained
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.