Did you know that the works of laborers in construction sites are more dangerous compared to factory workers? Did you know that despite the danger and risk associated with construction work, some employers failed to impose the needed work safety measures?
Construction workers have the most dangerous and hazardous nature of work because of the chemicals and materials that they must deal with everyday.
If you happen to pass by or drop by at one construction site, you will see that workers are always in danger because some of them climb in several storeys feet to install electrical wiring while others climb in walls. Despite the danger associated with their work, more and more men worked in construction sites because some of them lack the educational background to be accepted in office work. Some men failed to be accepted in white collar jobs because they are above the age limit required in offices. Meanwhile, some men contend themselves with construction works than being unemployed.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics majority of accidents that occurred in the labor market happened in construction sites, but in 2008, workplace accidents and injuries declined from 3.9 in every 100 employees in 2008 to 3.6 in 2009 due to strict adherence and imposition of workplace safety guidelines. The agency also states that defiance, recklessness, negligence to safety rules and guidelines are the primary culprits why accidents occur.
Despite the dangerous nature of work that construction employees have, they can still work safely by following tips and suggestions.
Tips on how to work safely in construction sites:
Before construction companies start their work on a project, they should make sure to inspect construction sites carefully to determine what precautionary measures are needed to keep their workers safe and to prevent from accidents and injuries from happening.
Companies should ensure that they provide the needed health insurance for their workers. Health and accident insurance can be of great help to the family and to employees, especially when accidents occur.
Since falls and slippage are the most common accidents that occur in construction sites, it is a must for contractors and companies to provide sturdy and durable scaffolding for their workers. More so, it should be a standard operating procedure (SOP) for worker to wear durable harness whenever they climb or they work in high places.
Contractors should make sure that all the equipment, machinery and devices used in the construction site is properly functional and well maintained because some of accidents are caused by faulty machinery.
Management and construction foreman should make sure to post signage on dangerous sites.
Employees should not forget to wear protective gear while working in the site such as work gloves, boots, safety goggles, hard hats, earplugs and face masks.
They should have emergency ambulance and clinics on stand up to treat and to deal with victims when accidents arise.
Lastly, construction companies must comply with the guidelines and benchmarks set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
By following the suggestions mentioned above, you can minimize accidents and you can ensure their safety while working in these sites.