According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, certain industries have very high incidents of accidents. The industries that experience the greatest number of fatalities include manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, government jobs, and construction. The fatalities in the construction industry are especially high and it is essential that employers have appropriate safety procedures in place, and that they comply with federal, state, and local regulations. With proper training, awareness of the hazards, and safe work practices, injuries from construction accidents can be avoided.
Safety measures that can help prevent construction site accidents are:
- Slip and fall accidents can be prevented by blocking off wet areas, keeping sites clutter-free, and by clearly marking potential hazardous surfaces.
- Falls from heights can be prevented by using guard rails, and placing clear warning lines near the edges of roofs and covering up holes in floors.
- Eye, head, and other injuries can be avoided by wearing protective gear, including hard hats, safety glasses, face shields, safety footwear, and protective gloves.
- Falls from ladders can be minimized by choosing the right ladders for the job. Ladders should be of the right height, in good condition, and weight restrictions should be adhered to. Ladders with metal components should not be used near electrical surfaces.
- Machinery accidents can be prevented by ensuring that all operators are well trained, equipment is consistently maintained for safety purposes, and cranes are kept away from power lines.
- Chemical burns can be minimized when a Materials Safety Data Sheet is used and maintained, handlers are properly trained on risks and safety procedures, written spill control plans and clean-up kits are readily available, and chemicals are stored safely when not in use.
- Electric shocks and explosions can be prevented by ensuring that power is off and electrical tools are either grounded or double-insulated.
Although there are many ways construction accidents can happen, thinking ahead and taking essential precautions can dramatically limit the number of injuries. If you have been injured in a construction accident, please call the New Jersey construction accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, and we represent clients throughout the state.