Falls From Scaffolding and Ladders
Any construction injury attorney can tell you that some of the most common construction injuries result from falls. However, many falls are preventable if safety measures are implemented and actively enforced. Height equipment should be regularly inspected. Scaffolding should never be erected on loose gravel, ice, or other unstable surfaces. Ladders should be taller than necessary to prevent workers from stretching too far and losing their balance.
Jobsite Electrical Shock Hazards
Possible effects of electrical shock can cause cardiac arrest, seizures, and severe burns. You can take steps to prevent electrical shock before work begins by conducting a risk assessment to identify potential hazards, ensuring they are marked with signs, and training workers on proper use of electrical equipment. Taking safety precautions like using GFCI circuit breakers. insulated tools, and proper clothing can protect workers from arc flash injuries.
Injuries Related to Heavy Equipment
Heavy equipment, though necessary to the work, poses a unique danger on construction sites. Improper handling of heavy machinery can also lead to injuries due to workers being struck by parts of the machinery, the equipment falling over, or getting caught between the equipment and another object. Heavy equipment should only be operated by workers who have received extensive training to work with such equipment and in some cases certified.
Be Prepared for Potential Injuries
Worksite mishaps may occur despite your best efforts, and it is best to be prepared for them. Training in first-aid and lifesaving techniques can help you to handle accidents as they happen. You should also have a well-stocked and inspected first aid kit available at all times to treat injuries large and small. Regular safety training sessions for construction workers and site safety inspections are probably the best ways to avoid accidents in the first place.