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Construction Site Injuries and Safety: Workers’ Compensation on the Job Site

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA), 4,405 workers died on the job in 2013.1 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were 796 deaths in construction alone, the highest number of the deaths occurring with construction laborers, first-line supervisors/managers, extraction workers, roofers, carpenters and electricians.2 With these statistics, it is important to make sure you stay safe at work and if you are a manager, that you keep your employees’ safety in mind.

Safety First

Working on a construction site can be very dangerous and it requires extra safety measures. Here are some examples of accidents and how to avoid them:

  • Construction debris accidents: Injuries from construction debris occur in many ways. Head and brain trauma are more serious types of injuries from construction debris, but they can usually be prevented by wearing a hard hat or other protective head gear. Eye protection is also very important as it can mean the difference between sight and blindness.

  • Power tool accidents: There is a lot of power behind modern power tools and most are capable of causing serious injury. Be sure to wear proper safety gear that protects your head, hands, feet and face. Ensure that your power tools are working properly, that their safety features are functioning, and that you fully understand how to operate them before starting work.

  • Heavy equipment accidents: Most heavy equipment tends to be mobile and is usually a crane, bulldozer, or large truck. No one under the age of 18 should operate these types of machines. Always inspect the equipment before starting it and only use it for its intended purpose. Check your surroundings to identify any possible hazards. Be sure to turn off the equipment after use and store it properly.

  • Roofing accidents: Roofing accidents are common because the work takes place at dangerous heights and falls can occur climbing up to, down from and while on the roof. Ensure that ladders and scaffolds are secured and that safety harnesses and lines are in proper working order. Always be careful of loose roofing tiles and where you step.

  • Electrical accidents: Keep scaffolding, ladders and other items away from electrical wiring and do not use metal objects near power lines. When operating a crane or other tall machine, give yourself plenty of clearance to maintain a safe distance from electrical wires. Always wear rubber soled boots and insulated gloves when working with electricity

For more details on different types of construction hazards and how to stay safe, please visit this page.

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