Is your construction job site vigilant about workplace safety? A safety compliant employer is one that recognizes the most common job site hazards, knows their responsibility as an employer, and strives to protect and train their workers. In part one of our article, our OSHA defense lawyers introduced you to struck-by injuries and introduced you to two types of struck-by hazards. This article will discuss two more struck-by hazards workers should be cognizant of in order to prevent them from happening to themselves or their co-workers.
Any swinging object that is either attached or being held by a worker can swing, twist, turn, or slip from its riggings and strike an unsuspecting worker. An example of this could be a loosely attached wrecking ball that could strike a worker. Workers must ensure loads are rigged properly and lifted evenly to avoid accidents. Furthermore, workers should avoid standing under a suspended load and must ensure the operator of the equipment or vehicle is aware of their presence.
Rolling object accident occurs when a worker and object are on the same level and the object begins to slide or roll striking the individual in its path. This can include a moving truck, machinery, or equipment. The most common example of this is when a worker is hit by a moving construction vehicle without being caught-in or between the object. Workers must always be aware of traffic around the job site and wear high visibility reflective clothing. They must keep their distance and never put themselves in a pathway where they cannot easily escape a moving vehicle.
A fatality or death on a construction site is a serious violation that may warrant an OSHA citation. Ensure you are complying with OSHA reporting and record keeping standards and contact one of our OSHA defense lawyers if you need further assistance.
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.