The Dangers of Construction Sites
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places. There are heavy tools and materials, large machinery, and heights involved. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fatal accidents happen more often in construction than in any other industry. In 2017, there were 991 workplace fatalities in the construction industry alone. According to the United States Department of Labor, 4,679 construction workers were killed on the job in 2015 – that’s more than 10 deaths every day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five worker deaths in the United States each year are in the construction industry.
Preventing Construction Accidents
The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent accidents on your construction site. Below are some tips for keeping your worksite safe:
- Keep a clean and organized worksite. A cluttered worksite is an accident waiting to happen. Make sure all tools and materials are put away when not in use, and that walkways are clear of debris.
- Inspect tools and equipment regularly. All tools and equipment should be inspected for defects before each use. If you notice any damage, repair or replace the item before using it.
- Provide personal protective equipment (PPE). Your workers should always wear appropriate PPE, such as hard hats, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots when working on a construction site.
- Train your workers on safety procedures. All workers should be properly trained on how to safely use tools and equipment before they begin work on a construction project. Review safety procedures with your workers on a regular basis.
- Have a first-aid kit on hand at all times. Accidents happen, even when all safety precautions have been followed correctly. Be prepared by having a first-aid kit easily accessible in case someone is injured at your worksite.
Construction accidents are more common than you think, and many of them could be prevented with the proper safety precautions. Some simple measures can make a big difference in preventing injuries on the job site. It’s important to be aware of the dangers and take the necessary steps to stay safe while working. Working with a company that values safety above profits is essential for construction workers everywhere. Let’s do what we can to keep them safe!