Many jobs carry some risk for injury, but the construction industry is especially notorious for workplace accidents. There are numerous risks on any given construction site and, even with safety precautions in place, it can be a dangerous industry to work in.
Accidents in construction can lead to serious injuries and even death. Fortunately, there are things that employers can do to improve safety and prevent accidents.
Hazards and injuries in construction
According to FindLaw, construction is dangerous no matter if it is a small home project or a large commercial development. Some common hazards include falling objects, scaffolds, chemical exposure and electrocution.
The types of injuries can vary, from repetitive motion injuries to broken bones to brain injuries. Exposure to chemicals or asbestos can result in chronic illnesses. Death is also a possibility when working in construction.
Suggestions to improve safety on the job
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 outlines safety regulations that employers and workers must follow. Along with following these safety requirements, EHS Today states that companies need to go above and beyond to make safety a priority. Safety managers should conduct daily informal talks to remind workers about equipment safety. Employers should also encourage employees to be proactive and speak up if they notice hazards that could potentially lead to accidents and injuries.
For some companies, using technology may help improve safety and efficiency. This can include using drones to conduct observations, site inspections and safety audits. Wearable devices, such as smart glasses, smart clothing and smart watches, can also help workers quickly spot safety hazards and report them to management.