Anyone in who works in construction can tell you that it isn’t easy. In addition to long hours and heavy lifting, the high risk of injury can be extremely alarming. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction work can be highly dangerous. According to the BLS, there are over a million people working in the construction field from year to year, in which every year, 900 people will be killed and over 10,000 injured in workplace accidents.
As a result of the risks as well as the population of construction workers, OSHA has started to take construction safety extremely serious. Over the past three years, it has investigated dozens of construction sites in order to ensure the proper management of employee safety under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
Unfortunately, throughout its investigations, OSHA has discovered an alarming amount of safety violations that are common among many construction sites. Is your site guilty of these violations?
Common Construction Safety Violations
OSHA requires certain safety protocols and equipment for all public construction sites. Without these necessities, employees run the risk of increased dangers and accident injuries. The most common of these construction violations, include the alarming lack of the following safety necessities:
- Adequate scaffolding to prevent collapse – Reinforced joints, stable bases, and adequate bracings.
- Fall protection equipment – Harnesses and straps.
- Protection from falling objects and debris – Braces, overhead barriers, and hard hats.
- Head and body protection gear – Hard hats, leather overalls, and gloves.
- Routine machine maintenance schedules
- Safety training
- Ladders in good working condition
- Electrical safety training and equipment – Gloves and rubber-coated tools.
- Equipment safety training – Maintenance and additional manpower to help control situations.
- Chemical safety training and equipment – Adequate disposal and proper gear.
- Hazard communication equipment and plans – Walkie-talkies, adequate training, and hazard plans.
- General safety and health provisions – First aid kits and working fire extinguishers.
Taking Safety Into Your Own Hands
Although you should always be responsible when working near machinery and power tools, it shouldn’t be your responsibility to ensure a safe working environment—it’s your employer’s duty.
If you believe that your work site is ill prepared for accidents, or unsafe in anyway, contact an OSHA office near you to set up an anonymous inspection. If your employer doesn’t care about your safety, OSHA definitely will.
No one should have to worry about their safety while at work, and you definitely shouldn’t have to worry about what will happen afterward.
If you’ve already been injured due to unsafe working conditions, or know someone who has, contact us today for a free consultation. We can help make sure that you get the proper treatment and compensation for your injuries. You can also use your social media to share this page with your coworkers via Facebook, or tell them to contact us directly to discuss any potential questions or concerns they may have about a recent accident.