Roadside construction injuries occur in the thousands every year. As OSHA attorneys, we are committed to ensuring that our diligent construction workers are safe when working on highways and streets. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) often preaches, safety and prevention training greatly reduces the chances of injuries or deaths from occurring at your workplace. If you are in need of the legal counsel of one of our OSHA lawyers, please contact us today.
In this four-part article, we first discussed some concerning statistics pertaining to roadside construction accidents. In the second section, we provided a few tips for ensuring equipment and vehicles are not creating any dangerous scenarios at your workplace. In this section, we will discuss the importance of leadership positions on the job site and keeping your workers safe. In the final section, we will conclude our series.
It Starts With Leadership
Although safety and prevention meetings are often not considered a priority to a workplace, it’s important for contractors to regularly hold these meetings. This includes before the project begins as well. Every member of the workplace should be aware of any potential hazards that are present at the jobsite. They should also understand the general traffic flow pertaining to vehicles entering and exiting the premises. Lastly, any forms of communication used on-site should be universal for the entire crew to understand. These include everything from hand gestures to terminology to standard operating procedures. It’s critical to have all workers on the same page especially during transportation tasks.
Expect the Unexpected
In a perfect world, safety and prevention meetings would be enough. However, as a contractor, you need to anticipate problems before they transpire and combat these potential issues. All safety plans need to identify the potential hazards and risks at the jobsite and provide a guideline pertaining to how to diminish the chances of this potential problem occurring at your workplace. Every jobsite has potential hazards and roadside projects only dramatically increase these potential risks. It’s important that the project leaders educate their workers on these potential hazards and educate workers on prevention techniques.
By prioritizing safety and prevention, your worksite can mitigate any potential risks that could lead to injury or even the death of a worker.
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.