In our blog, we often discuss the employer’s responsibility in protecting constructor workers from accidents. Employers are required to conduct certain activities, including inspection and training, to ensure as safe a work environment as possible. But as a worker, there are some things you can do to help reduce the risks of being involved in an accident.
One of the first things you can do is simply be aware of what types of accidents are most common in a construction setting. The most common types of accidents are falls, slips, being hit by a moving or falling object, electrocutions and accidents related to vehicles. If you know these accidents are most common, then you can become more aware of your surroundings in the work environment, taking proactive safety action to avoid some risks.
Some slips and falls can be avoided, for example, by paying attention to where you are walking. Avoid or take extreme caution when walking on uneven, wet or icy surfaces, and work with other employees to keep walking areas free of tools or debris. When working up high, wear appropriate safety equipment such as harnesses.
Keep live electrical locations marked and use caution when you are near any type of electrical machine or outlet. Remember that there’s always a chance that electricity could be flowing, even if you assume it to be off. Finally, pay attention when motor vehicles of any type are within the construction work zone. Efficiency should never come before safety, even if an employer seems to push for that.
Being aware of your surroundings can keep you out of many accidents in a workplace, but awareness doesn’t remove the chance that a freak accident can still occur. If you have been injured in a workplace construction accident in Philadelphia, then you have a right to seek compensation — usually from a workers’ compensation plan.
Source: SafetyRisk.net, “The 5 most common construction site accidents and how to prevent them,” Dave Collins, accessed Feb. 19, 2016