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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Construction Site Accidents: How to Stay Safe

    Working in construction is a great career choice that offers generous compensation and the ability to see the tangible results of your efforts, but it also comes with the real risk of injury. Construction site accidents can be minor, or they can be devastating, so it’s imperative for workers to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and take advantage of the protections that are in place to ensure their safety. Here are tips for how to stay safe, based on OSHA’s list of most common construction site accidents:

    • If you are tasked with operating machinery or equipment, make sure that you have received appropriate training in its safe operation.
    • Falling is one of the leading causes of worker deaths in construction, so that means that you should be familiar with all potential fall hazards as well as the protection systems that are in place. Don’t work in an area where these systems have not been installed, and if you are using a personal fall arrest system, inspect it before every use to make sure that it is in proper working order. This includes making sure that the lifeline is short enough to prevent impact in the event of a fall, taking stretch and worker height into account.
    • If working on a scaffold, be aware of the risk of falls, as well as being struck from objects higher up and of electrocution. Always wear a hard hat and non-skid work boots and use tool lanyards to protect those working below you. Never exceed the scaffold’s maximum load, and make sure that you use personal fall arrest systems where appropriate, anchoring it to a safe point that won’t allow you to fall more than six feet before stopping.
    • Use ladders properly. This includes choosing the right top of ladder, securing the ladder, maintaining three points of contact while climbing or descending the ladder and using a tool belt or rope to transport tools or materials.
    • Use protective equipment. This includes appropriate eye and face protection where there is risk of flying particles or splash from liquid chemicals, acids, gasses and other potentially harmful material. Keep equipment clean and in good repair and make sure that it fits snugly and doesn’t interfere with movement or vision. Also wear head protection such as a hard hat where there is a risk for being struck.

    The list of potential construction site accidents is long and staying safe should be your top priority. If you do suffer an injury, it is important that you know your rights. Contact us today to set up a time for a free consultation.

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