Construction work is among the most dangerous type of work in the world. It is dangerous for the workers and for those who live or commute nearby. However, it is possible to reduce the occurrence of accidents at construction sites by following the proper safety standards. Many of these standards are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and by state and local regulations. If safety standards are not followed and someone becomes injured, then the construction company can be held liable for damages.
There are many simple precautions one can take to make construction sites safer:
A walkthrough should be performed at the site at the beginning of each day. Hazards should be identified, recorded and brought to the attention of a manager or supervisor.
All workers at a construction site should go through work training and safety training. Workers trained to perform their jobs correctly will have fewer accidents, and safety training teaches workers how to spot and avoid dangerous situations.
All hazards that cannot easily be removed should be marked, and if possible, access to the hazards should be restricted. Signs should be placed nearby to warn all workers of the hazard.
Construction equipment is large, powerful and can cause serious injuries when not working properly. All equipment should be inspected prior to its use each day. Any problems that occur while in use should be reported immediately.
The proper safety equipment should be made available and used at all construction sites. This includes hard hats, safety goggles, steel-toed boots, face masks and harnesses.
All construction sites should be prepared for any emergencies that may occur. Having first-aid supplies, emergency phone numbers and an evacuation plan is a great start to safer action in an emergency situation.
The construction site should be adequately barricaded or fenced to prevent the public from entering.