Workplace Safety: Recognize and Avoid These 5 Most Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Working at the construction sites is always a risky affair. These areas are still hotbeds for hazards, implying that deaths and injuries are quite common. If you are a worker in a construction site, there are ways to identify and prevent the common causes of injuries and accidents:

Slips and Trips

Construction materials including metals, pieces of woods, and concrete are among the most dangerous items within a construction site. It is essential to be aware of these materials as they could cause serious trips. Oil and grease spillages also cause slips and trips, while water pipe leakages and rain bring their kind of slippery mischief. To theses incidents, you need to work and walk in areas that are clear of any obstructions. Any slippery substance should be reported immediately so the hazard can be handled.

Falling from Height

Since a lot of construction work is done at lofty heights, falls from these sections are usually common resulting in serious injuries. Contractors and other workers usually fall due to various reasons, but a common cause is the failure to install guardrails. Falls usually result in claims of negligence on part of the organization responsible, and that’s why a construction accident and injury attorney can come in handy when these kinds of incidents occur.

Preventing falls involves ensuring scaffolds are built and sufficient guardrails are installed where possible. As a safety net, it’s important to ensure employees are equipped with the right fall protection gear such as rope grabs and harnesses.

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Mental Distractions

Another common cause of injuries at the construction site is mental distraction. Sometimes, things can happen in your life that could end up affecting you emotionally. It is important not to allow these mental distractions to interfere with your work as this could end up distracting you from focusing on the safety aspects of your job.

Electrocution

Professionals that are appointed to handle all aspects that have to do with electricity aren’t the ones being electrocuted. Those who do not pay attention to safety measures and standards within a construction site are often the ones who get injured from electrocution. If your job description doesn’t entail handling electrical gadgets, then avoid these areas as much as possible. If your work entails handling electrical equipment, make sure you take all the necessary precautions including wearing the right safety gear.

Fires

Fire is both a good servant and a bad master, and when it comes to construction injuries, the latter takes precedence. Within your organization, there are various guidelines which guide you on how to work while staying safe. Part of preventing fire incidents involves remaining vigilant and ensuring any sign of fire is reported to relevant authorities. If you suspect that an explosion is likely to occur, clear the area and let everyone know so they too can get away..

There are numerous hazards in a construction site that could easily cause injuries. When working in this environment, you need to be on the lookout to avoid incidents and mishaps from occurring. Follow all safety guidelines and wear your protective gear all the time.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.
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