It doesn’t matter where you are, there is always some sort of construction going on. The industry provides numerous job opportunities, which ensures that people stay active and can provide for their families.
There are some downsides though. Construction work can be dangerous. Sadly, thousands of people are killed and injured in this field every year in the United States. Understanding why this is happening is the first step in preventing further accidents.
Slips, trips and falls
Unfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents are synonymous with construction work. Builders also commonly work from a height, which makes the impact of falls much more severe. All it takes is for one roof tile to come loose or a scaffolding rail to collapse, and a worker can be subjected to the most horrific injuries.
Fortunately, there are some safety measures that can be implemented to reduce the risk of falling, and every construction site should be using these. Environments should have adequate lighting so that employees can always see where they are going. Guardrails, safety nets and harnesses should be utilized when working from a height. The workspace should always be left free from clutter, with trip hazards being kept to a minimum.
Manual labor is hard and a number of tools have been designed to make tasks somewhat easier. Most of these tools are electric and virtually every building site utilizes them. Unfortunately, electricity is not risk-free and things can go wrong. As the power supply to most construction tools is quite high, the injuries sustained from electrocution can be catastrophic and even potentially fatal. Employers have a duty to ensure that all tools are appropriately maintained and safety guidelines are followed. Faulty equipment should be repaired or disposed of when necessary and any exposed wiring should be handled appropriately so it does not pose a threat to staff.