The costs of construction-related accidents are astronomical and impact owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in different ways. This includes the cost of securing the legal services of an OSHA lawyer to fight complaints issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) against your company.
However, these accidents are preventable, and this two-part article is meant to provide you with practical tips to help you reduce the risks on your site. In section one we listed three ways to prevent accidents: a safety program, daily safety meetings, and limiting construction work at night. In this section, we will list three more ways to prevent accidents.
Post Warnings Around the Jobsite
There are many activities taking place at construction sites. So, one way to ensure that procedures are being followed in accordance with federal and state laws is to post posters that warn workers of hazards and labor laws. Having poster displayed with words such as notice, caution, danger, and warning are especially critical. Posters subject matter includes anything from fall prevention, chemical hazards, fire safety, Under OSHA law, construction employers are required to post an OSHA poster which informs them of their protections under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
As experienced OSHA defense lawyers, we cannot stress enough the importance of wearing PPE. It is the last line of defense against injuries. Items such as eye protection, safety helmets, safety harnesses, and high-visibility clothing protect workers against safety risks. This includes but is not limited to falls, falling objects, hazardous chemicals, and more. Every employer should have a well-developed PPE program which should identify hazards, the proper PPE that should be worn, and the procedures for inspecting and maintaining the equipment.
Equipment is a necessity on every construction site. However, certain equipment can be dangerous if not used properly. Workers who operate heavy equipment or those in near proximity to the equipment can be seriously injured or killed. This is why employers must ensure they train workers to safely operate equipment, and they should understand the capabilities and the hazards of a piece of equipment. For example, workers should know how to mount and dismount equipment and how to load and unload materials correctly. Workers should also know how to conduct a visual inspection of equipment before using it. Equipment should also only be used for its intended purpose.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.