• Aug
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Preventing Construction Site Accidents

    No matter how long you’ve worked in construction, every day on the job is another day where something can go wrong and you can end up injured in a construction site accident. The data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics make the risk all too clear: every year, one out of every 25 construction workers suffers some type of injury, and over the same period of time roughly 750 of these professionals is involved in a fatal accident on the job. Though the most important thing you can do is to remain acutely aware of your surroundings at all times, there are many other

    To make sure that you don’t become a statistic yourself, it’s important that you remain vigilant at all times and add the following precautions to your daily on-the-job routine:

    • Keep your eyes open and remain vigilant to the hazards that are present on almost every construction site. From the danger posed by working at a high elevation to live wires and falling debris, the more aware and alert you are, the better your chance of staying safe.
    • Clean up after yourself to avoid creating any unnecessary tripping hazards. Whether it means being methodical about putting your tools away after you’re done working with each of them or simply gathering your trash after your breakfast, you want to make sure that all walkways are clear and that there is no debris anywhere near your work area.
    • If safety training is available, take advantage of it. This is particularly important when it involves a piece of equipment that you’re not familiar with.
    • If you see something dangerous, speak up. You cannot assume that just because you noticed a problem that everybody else did too. The moment you see a hazard go to your supervisor, and if they don’t respond quickly then report what you’ve seen to your union representative. If you believe that the matter is urgent then report the situation to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    • Wear all appropriate safety gear. Depending on the work that you do and the job site that might include a hard hat and gloves, goggles, or even a respirator. You may think it’s unnecessary or cumbersome, but just spend a minute thinking of all the workers who have been exposed to toxic dust or had debris hit them on the head or the eye to realize how important this equipment really is.

    If you do sustain an injury on the job, contact us for guidance on protecting your rights.

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