The 5 Most Misunderstood Construction Accidents Lawyers

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Info Lawyers ‍Construction sites are extremely dangerous places to work. Workers face risks from equipment failure, hazardous chemicals, and gaseous materials, just to name a few. Construction accidents are also very common. In fact, OSHA estimates that in any given year there are about 13 fatalities at construction sites nationwide. That said, most people don’t know much about construction site safety and all the risks these workers face every day on the job. The media tends to focus on specific tragedies rather than general hazards. Also, since almost all construction workers have some kind of union protection, there is a lot of red tape that makes it difficult for the general public to find out what happened in any given incident. As a result, even many people who work in industry aren’t fully aware of the types of dangers their friends and colleagues face every day.

Adequate training is key to preventing construction accidents.

Construction workers are often on short-term contracts and then moved from location to location. This means that they work with many different supervisors and may get little or no training whatsoever. The best construction companies require all their workers to receive safety training from a certified contractor who is familiar with local hazards. The ideal training program should include both classroom instruction and hands-on practice in the workplace. Workers should be given a specific overview of the hazards they will face on the job, along with full information on how to use and operate all special equipment, tools, and chemicals.

Falls are the leading cause of death at construction sites.

Falls are the leading cause of death at construction sites. OSHA data shows that on average there are 14 falls a day at construction sites nationwide, with an average of one fatality. Most of these fatalities occur when workers fall from roofs, scaffolds and ladders. Roof work is extremely dangerous, but OSHA standards only require roofers to use safety belts when they are within 10 feet of the ground. Therefore, roofers should always use safety belts when on a roof, even if they are more than 10 feet above the ground. Scaffold work is also extremely dangerous. The most effective way to reduce scaffolding deaths is to use a tie-off system. In the past, most scaffolding accidents were caused by the structure collapsing. However, today’s scaffolding is stronger and collapse is less of a problem. Instead, workers are most often killed by falling off the scaffold, usually due to misusing or not using the safety belt properly.

Gaseous materials can be extremely dangerous.

Although they are often ignored, gaseous materials, such as hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide, can be extremely dangerous on a construction site. Roofing, excavation, welding and demolition all produce large amounts of these gases. The best protection against these gases is to use a respirator. Unfortunately, most workers don’t wear respirators when they should. They may think they are too busy or that they don’t need one. Workers are also often pressured by the foreman to work without a respirator. If you are working near these gases, insist on wearing a respirator. It may slow down the work, but it could save your life.

Incorrect use of equipment is also a major problem.

Construction equipment is designed to be operated properly. Unfortunately, many workers use this equipment incorrectly. For example, many people don’t realize that it is extremely dangerous to climb onto the back of a dump truck. Many people also don’t know how to operate cranes properly. Crane accidents kill about two people a day in the U.S. The best way to protect against these types of accidents is to make sure that all workers on the site are properly trained in proper equipment operation and that they follow all company rules. Also, be careful when you hire a contractor. Insist on seeing proof that all equipment operators have the required certifications.

Construction workers face unique risks from heavy machinery.

Although OSHA regulations mandate that all construction workers use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as hard hats and steel-toed boots, these don’t protect against all hazards. For example, workers often get caught between two pieces of heavy machinery (getting “pinched”). The best way to avoid getting pinched is to make sure there is adequate space between pieces of heavy machinery. Also, be careful when you are working on uneven ground. OSHA has issued new regulations that aim to prevent construction accidents. While many construction accidents are caused by simple ignorance and carelessness, some result from deliberate violations of OSHA’s safety regulations. To reduce the number of construction accidents caused by illegal practices, OSHA has recently issued new regulations that will make it easier to identify and prosecute violators. These regulations require that all companies submit rough and final blueprints to the state to be posted online, along with a description of all workplace hazards. This makes it much easier for an investigator to spot potential violations, and for a worker on the site to report dangerous practices.

Final Words: Stay safe and stay informed.

Given the hazards construction workers face every day, it is important to stay safe on the job. Use the information above to make sure that you are as protected as possible. If you are ever in a construction accident, make sure that you follow the correct procedure for reporting the incident. You can find more information on how to file a construction accident report