While workplace safety is important across all industries, it’s extremely crucial for people working in construction. The heavy-duty nature of this work means there are a lot of hazards to contend with, often on a daily basis. It’s ultimately up to management to ensure a safe work site, no matter the size or scope of the job. Part of this responsibility is understanding common hazards and why they cause harm.
Electrical mishaps include shocks, burns, and even loss of life. Along with having tools, equipment, and gear to protect against electrical shocks (such as items with double insulation), workers must be professionally trained to work on or around electrical equipment. Management must also ensure workers are taking the right precautions and using safety gear as required.
Toxic chemicals, airborne contaminants, caustic substances: all of these materials can contribute to a serious injury on construction sites. Protective gear, such as gloves and goggles, must be worn if there’s a possibility of coming into contact with a harmful substance. Additionally, there should be emergency first aid equipment readily available in the event of a mishap.
Falls are a leading cause of workplace deaths on construction sites. Even a seemingly minor fall can have lasting consequences if injuries are severe. Fall-prevention is a major component of running a safe and secure business. Harnesses should be worn when workers are high up. Proper ladder practices should also be observed, which entails placing ladders on even ground and replacing broken equipment as needed.
Impact injuries occur when a person is struck by an object on a work site, which ranges from work equipment and tools to vehicles. The consequences can be disastrous depending on the type of object and the nature of the injury. Even wearing appropriate safety gear, such as hard hats, may not prevent these injuries if the proper safety measures aren’t put in place.
In the event you’re injured on a construction site, you must have a good understanding of your legal options.Hinkle Law Offices, LLC understands how distressing serious accidents can be. That’s why we’re here to support our Albuquerque clients in every conceivable way. We have experience with construction accidents and the damage they cause, and we’re not afraid to hold negligent parties responsible.