Summer is usually the construction industry’s busiest season because
of the warm weather and extended daylight. Unfortunately, with more construction
projects comes more accidents. Construction sites have a higher than average
injury and fatality rate. While it is nearly impossible to prevent all
construction accidents, there are a number of steps that employers and
workers can take to reduce the number of accidents as much as possible.
Tips For Preventing Construction Accidents
Hold regular safety meetings to remind the crew of safety hazards and protocols. Safety meetings are vital to preventing accidents. While all workers should
be properly trained before they get to the construction site, it is useful
to hold safety meetings periodically to remind workers of standard safety
procedures. You may even want to begin each workday with a brief safety
meeting that covers safe practices for the tasks that will be completed that day.
Provide workers with high-visibility apparel. One of the most frequent phrases to appear on construction accident reports
is, “I never saw him.” By providing workers with high-visibility
apparel, you can cut down on the number of accidents caused poor visibility.
Practice safe climbing habits. The leading cause of injury on constructions sites is falls from heights.
When climbing ladders, make sure to always maintain three points of contact
with the ladder (eg. two hand and a foot or two feet and a hand). You
can also supply workers with fall protection equipment to reduce the number
of fall injuries.
Drink plenty of water. Working outdoors in the summer can be dangerous if you do not stay hydrated.
Proper hydration is key to preventing fatigue and heat-related injuries.
Warm up. Construction work is hard labor that involves heavy lifting. As a result,
pulled muscles are very common construction injuries. Some of those injuries
can be avoided by having workers do brief warm up exercises to start the day.
Avoid heavily tinted lenses. When the sun is bright, it is understandable that workers may want to
block some of the sunlight with tinted sunglasses. However, your eyes
need light to focus properly. Avoid wearing sunglasses as much as possible.
Sunglasses work well for long range, open filed viewing, but for up close
work, clear lenses are preferable.
Get a good night’s sleep. Fatigued or tired workers are at a much greater risk of being involved
in an accident. By making sure you are properly rested, you can avoid
injuries caused by drowsiness or a lack of focus.
Drive cautiously. Accidents involving motorized vehicles are common on construction sites.
Workers operating a motorized vehicle should follow standard safety practices
such as slowing down when entering intersections, avoid backing up when
possible, and always looking out for pedestrians.
What To Do If You’ve Been Involved In A Construction Accident
Even if you are working safely, accidents can still occur. If you have
been injured in a construction accident, you should consult with an attorney
to learn about your legal rights. Depending on the facts of your case,
you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact the construction accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation.