Bystanders are non-construction workers near the site. Bystander safety should be taken seriously. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), statistics are not kept on bystander injuries. However, in the case of an incident, an investigation will prompt other agencies to look into the accident.
The most common bystander accidents happen when scaffolding collapses, materials fall, or the wind causes a crane to fall. Overall, bystander injuries are often preventable and caused by negligence. An OSHA attorney can review your safety regulations to make sure your safety measures protect bystanders as well as workers.
The Importance of Planning
Look at each project and identify who is at the greatest risk. Perform hazardous operations during off hours so that the there are few people and cars around. Larger construction companies usually hire third-party safety personnel to perform hazard analyses before the project begins. Having said that, whether you hire safety consultants, or perform your own safety measures, the safety of pedestrians should concern every construction company.
What Are the Other Concerns?
Death and injury are not the only threats posed by construction activity. Noise pollution, blocked streets, traffic jams, and excessive dust are a few concerns to those individuals near a job site. For noise, build sound barriers or blankets to minimize the impact for residents or businesses. For dust, wet the dirt to limit the dust particles in the air or use HEPA filtering equipment.
Be Familiar With the Codes
There are several codes that dictate the legal measures of a “safe” job site. A familiarity with building codes will increase your staff’s awareness of public safety. Reevaluate job site conditions and make changes if necessary, then you will have the best policy in place.
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.