With falls being one of the leading causes of death in the construction workplace, accounting for more than a third of all deaths, we ask ourselves: How can we prevent these accidents from happening in the first place? Falls can happen from virtually any place in the construction industry, from roofs to scaffolds, to ladders and more. We can learn how to avoid these accidents altogether by taking safety precautions where necessary.
Preventing Falls in the Construction Industry
Remembering Your Site Conditions: Some of the most injury-causing falls occur due to slips and trips in the construction workplace. These cause a variety of back, neck, ankle, and knee injuries every single year! This is why special attention must be paid to housekeeping, steps or stairs as required by OSHA, and understanding the effect that muddy conditions can have on certain areas in these workplaces.
Planning Your Work: When you’re being timed on a project, planning can get pushed to the side, but it can never be forgotten. You minimize safety hazards when you remember to plan. This helps you understand what tools will be needed and the necessary protective equipment that you will need for the job ahead.
Using the Right Equipment: The right equipment can be the line between an accident happening and one being kept at bay. It can sometimes be difficult to assess which fall equipment is best for the job, but this is something your employer is able to understand from beamers, robe-grabs, and anchors to more.
Remembering Proper Training: Employers are so frequently cited for lack of training when an accident happens in the workplace. Supplying employees with equipment is not enough – an employer must always train them on how to use the equipment.
Plan, Provide, Train: Employers must plan ahead, provide protective equipment to employees, and train them on how to use it. This is a given in every construction workplace!
Construction workers are working in one of the most dangerous workplaces of all time. This is why it is important for employers to remember how to care for their workers in all aspects on the job. If you have been injured, call us today to find out how we can assist you.