Get serious about construction accidents

Construction accidents can kill workers. Even when workers aren't killed, they can face injuries so serious that they won't ever be able to work again. These workers still need a way to support themselves, so they may have to turn to the workers' compensation insurance program.

There are many ways that employers can help to keep construction workers safe. When these safety measures aren't followed and a worker is injured, the worker can seek compensation. If the issue was caused by a third-party issue, such as an equipment defect, the worker might file a lawsuit against that third party.

Fall prevention

Falls are a main source of injury for construction workers. Using basic safety protocols like having harnesses for employees who need to climb or work from heights can help to prevent these accidents. If a worker must use a scaffold or a ladder, the equipment needs to be in good condition. When this doesn't occur, falls due to improperly maintained equipment might occur.

Lock out/tag out safety

Electrocutions are another serious danger for construction workers. If they need to work on something electrical, they should use the lock out/tag out system so that others know what is going on. If something is tagged out, it should be left alone.

The lock out/tag out system is also useful for equipment that isn't in good working order. The employee could lock out the equipment and tag it out with a note so that it can be repaired before it is used again.

Prevention of caught between incidents

Workers who are caught in between objects can suffer serious injuries. Heavy equipment pinning someone against a wall is one example of a caught between incident. Using spotters when maneuvering heavy equipment near other workers can help to alleviate this from occurring. Back up alarms can alert workers to moving machinery if backing up into the area where workers are present. Safety vests might also help to keep construction workers safe.

Trench cave in safety

Trenches and ditches are safety hazards because they can cave in. Using proper sloping, shoring and shielding can help to protect workers from a cave in accident. The method in which these are done depends on the material that is being worked in. Dirt would require different methods for keeping workers safe than shale.

Other hazards

Workers should have proper safety equipment for all jobs. This includes hard hats or other head protection, safety goggles and breathing masks. Even if there is a small chance that these items will be necessary, they should be available.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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