The nature of accidents are that they can’t be predicted. However, certain factors can help determine whether a situation could potentially lead to an accident. Factors such as heavy machinery, dangerous heights, and power tool use all in the same area—along with the potential for human error—can help paint a picture of accident risks. In addition to these factors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has labeled the construction industry as having the highest accident rate of any other national industry.
Due to these concerns construction safety is a high priority in the United States, especially since there are nearly 250,000 construction sites across the nation, employing over six-million workers. Although OSHA is working to improve worksite safety, thousands of workers are being injured and killed every year.
Knowing your risks, are you 100 percent confident in your worksite? How about your own safety protocols?
Construction Accident Prevention Guidelines
Accidents happen all the time, and unfortunately, construction sites seem to be accident magnets. However, you can decrease your risks, while increasing your worksite safety by following these simple guidelines:
- Wear proper safety equipment – Including gloves, boots, harnesses, and hard hats.
- Watch out for one another – Working in teams and staying alert to possible problems can provide adequate warnings, and safer navigation to help prevent injuries.
- Have safety meetings – If you happen to see a coworker doing something he should not be doing, make it a point to draw it to his attention and explain the risks of unsafe behavior.
- Make sure your site is up to OSHA standards – You can do this by either speaking with your employer, or anonymously scheduling an OSHA investigation.
- Make sure your machinery is up-to-code before using it – Heavy construction equipment and machines should be properly maintained on a daily basis, and assessed for safety every three to six months.
- Stay alert when operating any machinery – If the equipment seems faulty, sluggish, or jerky, turn it off immediately and have it checked for any problems.
- Turn machinery off when not using it – This is important even if you are only adjusting a part or removing debris.
- Make sure all moving parts have stopped before approaching a machine to clean or perform maintenance – Even when a machine is turned off, it may take several moments for gears to come to a complete stop.
Safety is important—make sure you’re complying with protocol to not only keep yourself safe, but your coworkers as well.
Protecting Your Future When Precautions Fail
Although taking these precautions will greatly reduce your risk for an injury, regrettably, accidents can still occur. Don’t allow your employer or his insurance company to deny you and your family the injury benefits you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a construction machine accident, you may be liable for compensation for your injuries.
Fight back by contacting an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. We know how ruthless insurance companies can be, especially to those who don’t know the ins and outs of work injury law. Call us today for a free consultation and evaluation of your accident, and allow our experience and knowledge to work for you.