Working on construction sites can be very dangerous, especially when the proper precautions and safety measures are not taken. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,222 construction workers lost their lives between 2003-2022 on worksites.
Construction site safety is crucial when avoiding injuries or wrongful death. Protecting yourself on the job can be easy with these few tips:
- Report Issues Immediately
Everyone working on-site should be properly trained to know that defects and misses should get reported as soon as they are noticed. When problems go unreported, they are more likely to become unattended, often turning into a safety hazard.
- Wear Personal Protective Equipment
Whenever someone steps foot on a construction site, they should always wear personal protective equipment or PPE (even if they are just visitors). Wearing PPE can help reduce the risk of being injured and typically includes equipment such as:
- High-visibility vests and suits
- Keep the Worksite Clean
Cleaning your worksite daily can help ensure it is clutter-free and there are no hazards like loose nails, debris, or stagnant water. This is an excellent way of reducing the risk of slip/trip and fall injuries.
- Follow the Signs
Safety signage placed around the worksite is there to raise health and safety awareness for the workers. Following the signs is essential to keeping the worksite a safe space. The most common signs seen on construction sites include:
- Warning signs
- Prohibition signs
- Safe condition signs
- Mandatory signs
- Fire fighting equipment
Safeguards such as barriers and fences are always beneficial on construction sites to ensure safety. They are a great way of isolating people from hazardous areas.
- Emergency Response Plans
Response plans are intended to direct everyone on-site when unforeseen emergencies take place. This could be anything from fires, hazardous spills, natural disasters, or other vital incidents.
- Contact an Attorney
Even with the proper training and safety precautions, all accidents cannot be prevented, especially those on construction sites. Legal action may be an option if you or someone you know has been injured while on a construction site. Here at Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC, we have a team of skilled attorneys dedicated to giving you the legal counsel you need.
Contact us today at (601) 514-6544 or visit us online to schedule a free case review.