There are dangerous jobs out there – and then there’s construction, which, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the tenth most dangerous profession for workers to pursue. In fact, the agency reports that in 2009, 18 out of 100,000 construction workers died as the result of workplace injuries.
Common Causes for Construction Injuries
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), many of the accidents that take place in the construction industry result from:
- Scaffolding collapses, which can be caused when the structures are not erected or moved properly
- Lack of communication about hazards, which can cause chemical burns, fires and explosions if workers are not aware of the risks
- Electrical damage, which can be prevented by protecting cords, cables and electrical circuits
How to Create a Safe Environment on the Construction Site
Marty Rouse of the Rosendin Electric, Inc. suggests some useful construction safety strategies in an article that appeared on InsuranceNewsNet.com. According to Rouse, some of the best ways to promote safety and reduce accidents in the construction industry include:
- Promoting communication: Construction companies should create an environment of open communication, where managers not only give information to employees, but also listen to workers’ concerns about the safety of a job site.
- Taking responsibility: In order to make safety a priority on the construction site, management needs to take responsibility for the safety of the team. Safety can be promoted by discussing it regularly in meetings and displaying visual aids – like posters and cards – to remind employees of the rules.
- Encouraging accountability and ownership: Safety cannot be the sole responsibility of those in charge, says Rouse. In order to create a culture of safety, all of construction company’s employees must help to promote the safety objectives of the company and take ownership for their own actions.
Even by following these tips, construction accidents will continue to occur due to defective equipment, misused equipment, hazardous or unsafe work areas and other types of workplace accidents. If you are a worker that has been injured in a construction area, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your rights and legal options.