The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a comprehensive series of rules and regulations to enhance workplace safety and minimize the risk of workplace injuries or fatalities. When working on a construction site, workers are required to wear the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect their bodies from harm. This includes OSHA-compliant equipment for the eyes, ears, head, hands, feet, legs, and body.
In part one of this two-part article, the OSHA attorneys at Cotney Construction Law will discuss different threats to bodily harm found on the project site. If you need assistance navigating the various OSHA rules and regulations governing PPE, contact knowledgeable OSHA lawyers to ensure that your project isn’t at risk of receiving a citation.
Sources of Bodily Harm
Time and time again, our OSHA lawyers have witnessed tragic workplace injuries that could have been prevented if the contractor had only reached out for preventative counsel beforehand. Project sites are filled with countless hazards, and it can be difficult to prepare for all of them, that’s why our construction law experts are trained to give you the tools and knowledge to nullify any threat to OSHA compliance. OSHA’s list of common threats to bodily harm include:
Temperature Extremes: Hot temperatures are common on outdoor project sites, especially in places like Florida where humidity can elevate the temperature by as much as 10 degrees or more. Metal absorbs energy from the sun and stores it, so machinery and tools can burn unprotected skin.
Hot Splashes: Molten metals and other hot liquids have the tendency to splash during construction. Without PPE, workers are vulnerable to extreme burns.
Potential Impacts: Impacts are common on construction sites. Whether your worker was negligent or simply unlucky, it’s important to have workers wear the necessary PPE to protect their bodies from any potential impacts from tools, machinery, or materials.
Hazardous Chemicals: Workers commonly handle hazardous chemicals on the project site. These chemicals can be abrasive or corrosive, which means if they touch your skin you can expect a visit to the dermatologist. PPE shields you from hazardous chemicals and ensures that mishandled chemicals don’t pose a threat to your workers.
How Important is PPE for Your Body?
Construction professionals understand the inherent risks of the project site. Workers might moan and groan about having to wear PPE, but their safety is of paramount importance. Never compromise your team’s safety by failing to implement OSHA-compliant safety practices. Incidents involving falls and being struck by objects account for nearly 50 percent of construction injuries. The use of suitable PPE can greatly reduce this number in the future.
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.