Several companies often work together at construction sites. With numerous projects in motion at once, it is no surprise that accidents happen.
Knowing how to avoid these common hazards is the best way workers can prevent injury and ensure continued productivity.
Scaffolding is a temporary support system built multiple levels above the ground that provides a safe platform for construction workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates platform construction to ensure worker safety. To avoid injuries, workers should:
- Follow clean-up policies to ensure no tools lie unsecured to prevent accidentally kicking items off the scaffold and onto employees below
- Ensure scaffold builders properly secured the platform to the building to prevent collapse
- Adhere to safety guidelines by using guardrails and personal safety harnesses
Construction oversight managers should ensure that all employees know how to work around scaffolding systems safely to minimize accidents.
2. Hazardous materials
In the construction industry, workers handle several types of hazardous materials. Some items can cause breathing problems, burns and irritation to the eyes. Manufacturing companies must post warning labels on all products, and construction companies must provide safety gear to their employees to avoid injury. Workers are less likely to experience injuries from hazardous materials if they follow the guidelines and safety procedures.
3. Live electrical wires
Both faulty equipment and dangling electrical lines pose electrocution risks to construction workers. Labeling live wires, maintaining a 10-foot boundary around dangling wires, and proper equipment maintenance can reduce the risk of electrocution.
The construction industry poses several hazards to employees. Injured workers may seek damages from those responsible if accidents occur due to someone else’s negligence.