One of the industries that highly contribute to the society is the construction industry. It does so by fulfilling the very basic need of people of getting a shelter for themselves. However, there are a lot of rigors that the construction workers need to go through to provide the world with those marvelous edifices. There are numerous fatal accidents and deaths reported for the construction workers. The data for the same can be viewed on the website of U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
OSHA gives detailed information about the various hazards that exist in the construction industry and how it can be prevented. Here is a brief description of safety measures that can be helpful:
Few of the major causes of fatal accidents and deaths in the construction industry are slips, trips and falls. This generally happens as the site is not safeguarded against the potential threat of accident that could have been avoided. Earlier, 20% of the all the non-working days of workers were due to falls on floors and ground surfaces, which now surged by six percent as per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also, many employers had to incur a direct cost of over $6 billion as Workers’ Compensation Costs in 2007 as per Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. The unfortunate part is that the index for the number of falls listed from 1998 to 2007 surged by more than 36%.
Thus, it will not be wise to underestimate the potential accidents that these falls could cause. One of the things to do is to place surfaces with high traction that can prevent any falls, slips or trips. Also, one must educate and train the employees to be careful and avoid activities that have potential danger of causing accidents. Companies can provide them with highly durable and anti-slip footwear.
Lifting rigging process comprises of elevating heavy and large objects from the ground level to the desired level of work space in a construction project. Since, the objects are large and heavy, the risk involved is high too. It is very important that rigging is done by an expert or an experienced personnel as these people will have a better judgment on moving the objects with precision.
There are various things that you need to consider when you do any kind of rigging or lifting. The first and the foremost thing to do is to identify the weight of the object that you need to lift. Once you do that, you need to know whether the sling has the capacity to lift that amount of weight. It is advisable to not lift an object that seems to be overweight even by a few numbers.
These are two major situations that highly contribute to the major injuries in the construction industry. However few others that need to be taken care of are loading and unloading heavy equipment, operation on slopes, and others. It is very crucial that the construction company takes due care in training & educating its workers on these hazards. Also, taking insurance of the workers will be very helpful to attend to any of their medical needs, in case any such accidents occur.