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Tips on Keeping Construction Sites as Safe as Possible

Construction is the most dangerous industry in the United States resulting in three times as many deaths as any other industry.

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According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), 4,386 worker fatalities occurred in 2014 and 20.5% (866) of these deaths occurred in the construction industry.

One in five American workers killed on the job are in the construction industry. 

Unfortunately, due to all of the construction site accidents, the leading causes of construction deaths have been called the “fatal four.” Falls are the most common, followed by electrocutions, being struck by an object and caught in between something.

Construction Site Safety Tips

Over the years, great strides have been made to make construction sites as safe as possible. However, there is much more that remains to be done. It has been shown that a majority of injuries and deaths associated with construction site accidents could have been prevented had proper precaution been put into place. 

Below are a several tips that foremen and workers should keep in mind to ensure the safety of construction workers: 

  • Ladder safety – The proper ladder needs to be used with the project. Don’t try to make do with a ladder that is too short for a very high project. Take the time to get the correct one to avoid an accident. Only allow the amount of weight on a ladder that it says it can hold. Ladders are not the place to push limits! Lastly, before using the ladder, check it for any missing rungs, dirt build-up that could cause you to slip, or any bent rails.

  • Scaffolding – Scaffolds should be set up on level ground to ensure stability and safety. It should be accessible to workers from ladders or stairwells and kept away from anything electrical. Scaffolding can be incredibly dangerous if not set up properly.

  • Protect your space – Dust and debris are often created in a construction environment and the interior working areas should be protected from this. Shield the area to prevent slipping or tripping caused by debris and to protect the respiratory health of the personnel working in the area.

  • Wear personal protective equipment – Slip resistant boots, heavy gloves and hardhats should be worn at all time when on a construction site. Wearing this safety equipment can mean the difference between a minor mishap and serious injury or death. 

  • Trench safety – A protective system must be set in place before working in or around outdoor trenches. Being able to exit a trench safely is paramount to worker safety and you should be no further than 25 feet from other personnel. Also, there are a variety of trench safety practices such as shoring, shielding and sloping to prevent movement or caving in of the dirt. 

A construction site is full of dangerous equipment and machinery. Due to so many risky situations, safety means more than wearing a hard hat.

If you work in the construction industry or visit a construction site, make certain that you adhere to these safety tips above. One wrong move or mishap can lead to serious injury or death.

If you or a loved one have experienced personal injury of any sort due to negligence at a construction site, contact one of Tennessee’s personal injury lawyers at Gilreath & Associates to discuss your case.

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