Every year construction accidents cost construction companies millions in healthcare bills, workers comp claims, fines, lawsuits and other legal fees.
Unfortunately accidents are a common hazard people have to be aware of when working on construction job sites; it is the nature of the industry.
Just in the US alone at any given time there are about 6.5 million workers active on roughly 250,000 construction sites around the country. The construction industry regularly posts the highest fatal injury rate among all businesses.
In an average year around one in ten construction workers will suffer some form of serious injury. About a thousand construction workers die every year from work related accidents, with 100 of those deaths coming just from fork lift related accidents alone.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) some of the most common injury citations involve scaffolding, fall protection, ladders, excavations, hazard communication, head protection, and electrical.
While some accidents cannot be avoided, most are caused by negligence on the part of construction workers or administrators. Accidents often occur when safety regulations have been ignored. Dangerous equipment has not been properly serviced, employees were not adequately trained, or dangerous areas were not marked.
OSHA lays out clear guidelines that can help avoid some of these accidents, protecting your workforce and potentially saving your company millions in the long run.
Here are some of the basic directives that can help make job sites safer:
- Require all on-site personnel to wear hardhats, eye protection, gloves and other forms of safety gear.
- Regularly inspect all construction equipment, including hand tools, materials, and heavy moving equipment.
- Provide training and safety education seminars to ensure that all employees are properly schooled in operating their equipment and in avoiding common dangers of job sites.
- Post signs and warnings for potential dangers on the construction site, especially near open holes from excavations, and areas where work is going on above that could potentially cause falling debris.
- Hazardous materials should only be handled by trained personnel using the proper equipment and transportation techniques.