Construction sites aren't called the "Wild West" for nothing! Workers go out daily, facing life-threatening risks to get a job done and earn an honest buck. From falling off tall buildings to getting smashed by heavy equipment or even getting electrocuted! But these dangers stop builders because hustle is in their blood; after all, it takes guts and resilience of steel to build dreams brick by brick for your clients.
The most common injuries that construction workers face on the job include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken or crushed bones
- Head injuries
- Stress injuries
These are a result of four main hazards as defined by MIOSHA:
- Struck by an object
- Caught in or between objects
When working in construction, it's essential to be aware of the various hazards that can lead to injury. From heat stroke and frostbite due to weather conditions to exhaustion from long hours - there are a variety of dangers lurking on site.
Tips to Prevent Major Injury
- Make sure all work areas are clean, uncluttered, and well-lit.
- Use three points of contact when mounting and dismounting from equipment.
- All employees should wear shoes with adequate traction.
- All employees should follow safety regulations for ladders.
- Use guardrails, personal fall arrest systems, and safety nets everywhere that they are needed.
Being Struck By an Object
- Clearly mark or block off vulnerable areas.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Stack materials properly to avoid falling and sliding objects.
- Stay away from lifted or suspended loads.
- Train all employees to avoid positioning themselves between fixed and moving objects.
- Secure materials and tools appropriately so they don’t fall.
- Avoid driving in reverse when there is an obstructed view.
- Verify that a reverse signal/backup alarm is installed and working correctly on all mobile equipment.
- Follow all OSHA regulations on covering requirements, proper design and use of electrical equipment, and proper insulation.
- Use all required electrical PPE.
- De-energize equipment and use appropriate lockout and tag-out procedures.
- Train all employees to keep a safe distance from energized parts.
Caught In or Between Objects
- Stay focused on your surroundings.
- Never place your employees between heavy equipment and an immovable object.
- Remind employees not to put their hands or other body parts near moving objects.
- Employees should refrain from wearing jewelry or other loose items that can get caught on moving objects.
- Don’t work in unprotected excavation areas or where water is accumulating.
- Stay away from the swing radius of a rotating object.
Working in unsafe conditions can lead to serious injury. Make sure you look out for yourself and your employees by staying aware of potential hazards on the job site - it could mean life or limb if safety takes a back seat! Be proactive about preventative measures, so no one has to take an ER trip from accidental mishaps.