Did you know that construction workers account for 20% of work-related fatalities? This shocking figure requires an adequate response from construction companies and regulatory institutions. More specifically, prioritizing the safety of workers in this industry is critical. That entails preventing accidents that usually occur while construction is taking place. These accidents include slips, falls, and sometimes even electric shock. Other more dramatic dangers that can occur are collapsing walls and explosions. Here are 5 ways to prevent an accident on a construction site.
1. Follow Laid Down Regulations
OSHA is the principal enforcement agency when it comes to protecting workers from unsafe working conditions. It trains employees on workplace safety. It develops guidelines for promoting the well-being of workers and it inspects organizations to ensure that they comply with these guidelines. Following the OSHA rules and regulations reduces the risk of an accident happening at your construction site. Studies have even shown that these rules and regulations lead to a significant reduction in injury rates at construction sites.
2. Talk with Your Workers
Rules and regulations are restrictive. Therefore, workers ignore them if they feel that these rules and regulations interfere with their productivity. Talking to your workers about OSHA guidelines and company policies will help them appreciate these guidelines and understand that they are an expectation that should be followed. It is worth noting that workers may have concerns. Perhaps a particular machine experiences a malfunction often or a particular roof is likely to cave-in sometime soon. Talking to your workers often alerts you to such hazards so that you can deal with them promptly and decisively.
3. Wearing Protective Gear
Purchasing protective gear is an expensive undertaking. However, the cost of dealing from accident-related litigation is higher than that of buying protective gear for your construction workers. The loss of workplace productivity and the compensation payouts are also unnecessary costs to the business. Therefore, ensuring that your workers wear protective gear is the least costly option in this case. Doing so would prevent accidents at your construction site and the financial consequences that come with them. This protective gear should protect the worker’s eyes, ears, hands, and legs among other areas.
4. Cleaning the Workplace
As mentioned earlier, some of the most commonly reported accidents at a construction site are slips and falls. OSHA even says that they account for one-third of reported injuries at these sites and 40% of work-related fatalities in this industry. Interestingly, most of these injuries and fatalities are preventable. More specifically, they mostly occur because of slick spots, clutter, and debris at the construction site. Clearing the workplace of such things would prevent these accidents from happening.
5. Maintaining Workplace Tools
Did you know that electrocution killed 2,432 construction workers from 1992 to 2010? That accounts for almost half of all work-related electrocution deaths during that time. Some of these electrocutions occurred because the construction workers were using faulty power tools. Therefore, maintaining these tools would have prevented many of these unfortunate incidents. Inspect them regularly in addition to other equipment at the construction site. Repair faulty ones and replace irreparable tools. Contact Attorney Chris DiGirolamo to help you protect your rights whenever an accident occurs at your construction site.