Construction workers have one of deadliest jobs in America. Construction accidents are common because jobsites are littered with safety hazards that can seriously injure and, in some cases, even kill workers. The leading cause of worker deaths are accidents involving falls, electrocution, getting struck by an object, or getting caught in or between an object.
Construction accidents are avoidable when companies get proactive about safety and rely on the guidance of an experienced OSHA attorney. Companies and individuals can implement some of the basic accident prevention tips in this two-part article. Part two will provide a few more tips to conclude the series.
A Comprehensive Safety Program
Accident prevention as well as maintaining OSHA compliance requires that every construction employer have a comprehensive safety program. Through this program, you will identify all workplace hazards, assess risks, report all incidents, and evaluate safety processes regularly. You should also require employees to follow all safety procedures and participate in training. Our OSHA defense attorneys stand ready to provide you with compliance counseling to keep your organization citation-free.
Daily Safety Meetings
Things are constantly moving and constantly changing on construction sites. Toolbox talks and daily safety meetings keep the lines of communication open where safety is concerned. These meetings keep safety top of mind by reiterating safety standards, helps everyone stay abreast of changing OSHA regulations, and makes everyone aware of workplace hazards.
Limiting Nighttime Work
Performing construction in the evenings and late into the night increases the potential for accidents. Nighttime construction work exposes workers to risks such as poor visibility, vehicle intrusions into work zones, and irresponsible late night drivers. During night hours, workers are more likely to be fatigued, lighting may be inadequate, and there may be a shortage of materials or supervision on the jobsite.
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.