As a Maryland personal injury lawyer, Michael Schreyer understands the inherent dangers workers may encounter in a construction-related job. Frequently recognized as one of the most dangerous industries to work in, there are an alarming 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also reports that there were a total of 4,547 fatal work injuries in 2010, 751 of which occurred in the construction industry.
With the high amount of construction-related fatalities and injuries happening each year, safety at a construction site is imperative as it may help prevent a serious accident. The following are six common construction site hazards for workers to be aware of and solutions for each:
- Slippery surfaces: Immediately clean up any liquid spills, and make sure sand or another slip-resistant material is applied to an icy walking surface to prevent a dangerous slip and fall.
- Lighting: Adequate lighting is essential to being safe at a construction site, so if you are having difficulty seeing at work, be sure to let someone know as soon as possible; most construction areas require a minimum of five foot candles.
- Scaffolding: Elevated working surfaces must be fully planked with toe boards, hand rails, and mid rails installed. Workers should never climb the outside of a scaffold; ladders should be used at all times.
- Electrical panels: Panels and boxes should have a cover in place to prevent electrical shock.
- Eye protection: Wearing proper eye protection, such as safety glasses and a face shield, while working can help prevent an eye-related injury due to a task that creates flying particles, like cutting or grinding.
- Step ladders: These are a major source for construction accidents, so make sure ladders are properly maintained and in good condition. Remove broken or damaged ladders from service right away.
Construction accidents can cause serious, if not life-threatening, injuries. If you are a Maryland worker who has been injured in a construction accident caused by the negligence of another party, Waldorf construction accident attorney Michael Schreyer of the personal injury law firm of Alpert Schreyer can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. To discuss your case, call (844) 632-7274 to schedule a free case evaluation.