While the construction industry has been one of the few to survive in the face the pandemic it is also one that is most dangerous to work for.
According to the Occupational safety and health Administration, 1,061 workers died in 2019. This means that construction is responsible for approximately one-fifth of all worker death. Despite the fact that construction is a volatile industry, those numbers are still shocking. Workers work in areas with high levels of detritus, like war zones. They also have to deal with heavy machinery and other heavier materials, which can lead to significant damage. All of this, while working under extreme pressure and trying to adhere to deadlines amid all the things which can go wrong on construction sites.
Your safety and security are paramount to your work site. File a court claim if the site operator is found to have been negligent. But, even the money from the settlement won’t be enough to repair the damage done to you.
Here are some common causes of accidents in construction.
Falls from Great Heights
Be sure to have someone watching you as you ascend a ladder. Work on scaffolding requires that you be attentive to your surroundings and avoid tripping hazards.
You should also be aware of what’s going above you. People can be seriously injured by debris flying from objects high above them, and it can happen on any construction site. But, there are always chances that you will not be able keep your eyes focused on the sky. So make sure to have your personal protective equipment with you to protect your head from any unexpected surprises.
Training is lacking
Before you reach for a power tool, ensure that you have received proper training. Contrary to retail jobs that have managers who are eager to get you on the front line with little training and tell you how it works, lack of training for construction workers can be fatal. Get the necessary training to complete any tasks on site. Do not touch any machine that isn’t yours. You may end up damaging or breaking the machine.
If you see it and agree to it, it is worth mentioning. If you find any machine that isn’t functioning as intended, be sure to tell your supervisor. This is also true if you see safety guards removed from a device or have modified it in a dangerous manner. Let your supervisor know and they will send you a replacement. Even if you delay the repair, it will not be worth the potential injury caused by using a defective piece.
There are no happy accidents when it comes to building. Be mindful of what you’re doing and hold your team to account for following the rules. This will make your job safer.