Today, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are around 6.5 million construction workers at about 252,000 construction sites across the United States. With this immense amount of people on construction sites and with the countless risks that construction sites pose, personal injuries run rampant.
Construction sites also pose the risk of death! About a week ago, a 47-year old demolition employee was standing on a lift below a highway and cutting steel bracing between two large 45-ton beams supporting the above highway. Suddenly, one of the beams collapsed on the employee instantly killing him. Subsequent to this fatal construction accident, the employee’s employer was fined $152,000.
Construction sites are certainly dangerous. Construction sites normally have the following risks/dangers: scaffolding risk, risks of falling from heights, trench collapses, and head injuries. This article will delve into these risks/dangers and propose ways to say safe. First, though, if you or a loved one were injured on a construction site, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney for your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
How to stay Safe on Construction Sites
FIRST: Scaffolding risks: fall hazards can occur with scaffolding if not assembled properly. These accidents occur often and can be fatal. As a matter of fact, OSHA reports that nearly 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths result from scaffolding accidents each year!
With scaffolds, it is important that you make sure it is sound and able to carry a lot of weight. Loose objects should not be used to support the scaffold. You should make sure that there are no damaged parts to the scaffold. You should also make sure that a competent personal routinely checks the scaffold. You should further ensure that you, or other employees, are properly instructed on the hazards of using diagonal braces to protect from falls.
SECOND: Falls: as it turns out, falls are the number one cause of fatal construction accidents. There are several causes of falls including unstable working surfaces, human error and the misuse of fall prevention equipment.
To help prevent from falling, it is important to secure guardrails. It is also important that you properly cover floor holes. Next, and perhaps most importantly, you should use a safety net or personal fall arrest system, otherwise known as a body harness.
THIRD: Trenching: trench collapses result in many fatalities and hundreds of personal injuries every year.
To best protect yourself from trench injuries you should ensure that the trench is protected before you enter it. When entering the trench, you should, of course, always wear protective equipment. If the trench is more than 20 feet deep, it is important that an engineer design a protective system. You should always have access to a way to exit the trench, such as a ladder. In addition, it is important that you ensure the trench is routinely inspected.
FOURTH: Head injuries: head injuries can result from blows to your head.
To protect yourself from this risk, it is important that you wear, at all times on the construction site, a hard hat.
Hire an Attorney for your Case
In the end, if you are on a construction site, and you are injured, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer for your case. The personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are here for you. Call one of our personal injury lawyers today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.