According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are more than 6 million people who work at the more than 250,000 construction sites across the country on any given day. With the large amount of individuals working in the construction industry, it is imperative to understand the potential hazards they face on a daily basis and for employers to implement solutions to prevent workplace accidents.
Below is a list of potential hazards for construction workers and possible solutions for each:
- Falls: Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry. To help prevent this, cover floor holes, use safety net systems or body harnesses, and utilize guardrail systems to protect workers near the edge of floors and roofs.
- Scaffolding collapse: Millions of workers each year suffer due to this type of accident. To try and prevent scaffolding collapse, scaffolds must be located 10 feet away from electrical power lines, must be rigid, sound, and able to carry four times its own weight, and must be equipped with guardrails, midrails, and toeboards.
- Cranes: For prevention of serious injuries from crane accidents, never move a load over workers, check crane controls for proper operation before use, inspect the crane routinely for damage, and know the weight load maximum before use.
- Failure to use proper personal equipment: Educating workers on proper personal safety equipment is extremely important in preventing construction site accidents. Examples include: eye and face protection (safety glasses or face shields), hand protection (gloves should fit snugly), head protection (hard hats should be worn and routinely inspected), and foot protection (work shoes and boots should be slip and puncture resistant).
- Trench collapse: To prevent the dozens of injuries and fatalities that occur from trench collapses, never enter an unprotected trench, make sure trenches are inspected, design protective systems for trenches 20 feet deep or more, and always provide a way to exit a trench.
Construction site accidents affect millions of workers each year and the possible injuries and fatalities that may occur can be devastating. The Maryland construction accident lawyers of Alpert Schreyer can help if you have been injured in a workplace accident that was caused due to an employer’s negligence. Please call (844) 632-7274 for a no-cost consultation.