Accidents can happen on any job site, but construction sites tend to see a higher number of accidents simply because they’re often unorganized and cluttered with materials and tools. While workers are often the victims of these accidents, some passers-by or visitors can also be injured and will want to file a construction accident claim. If you own a construction company and want to cut down on the number of accidents that occur, one place to start is to know the most common accidents and how you can work to eliminate them.
Construction sites usually involve scaffolding and ladders. Your crew may be several stories up in the air with very little to protect them from falling. Even if they only fall from a short ladder, landing in the wrong way can result in broken bones, fractures, and other injuries. Ladders need to be properly set on level surfaces before someone climbs up them. Scaffolding needs to have the appropriate railings and walkways.
Tools, materials, and waste are often left lying around the work site. Anyone can accidentally trip over these items, especially if they’re carrying something large and can’t see the ground they’re walking on. Cables also tend to snake around construction sites and can create hazards. To reduce these accidents, make sure your crew understands that they need to keep all walkways clear and that they need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
You may not think of loud noises as a common source of accidents, but they can be. Your team is likely going to be around loud power tools for long periods of time every day, and that can slowly damage their hearing. Tinnitus, a persistent ringing in the ears, can eventually develop if your crew doesn’t wear protective equipment. Make certain everyone is aware of loud noises and uses the proper earplugs when necessary.
Accidents Caused by Vehicles
Forklifts, cranes, and other vehicles are often used on construction sites to move heavy loads of materials. You want to make certain your crew is well-versed in the safety regulations that govern these vehicles. It’s very easy for someone to walk behind a moving vehicle and get hit. Everyone needs to be aware of what’s going on around them, and all vehicles need to have proper lights, backup sirens, and other safety features. While being safe will cut down on accidents, they may still happen. Do you need help filing a construction accident claim? Contact Dr. Jeff Mollins today for more information on how we can help you.