Because construction work is one of the most hazardous occupations, construction workers in Pennsylvania and across the nation are injured or die in a work-related accident due to electrified wires, large and dangerous equipment and materials, poor weather conditions and other factors. However, by taking several precautionary safety measures, construction crew leaders can help make construction work sites safer. Here are four tips.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has guidelines to protect employees
Every construction crew leader is required to follow and enforce these safety guidelines no matter how insignificant they might seem to be. From reviewing job site tasks and evaluating sites for possible hazards to creating individualized safety plans for every project and discussing the potential dangers with team members, construction crew leaders can improve workplace safety. Leaders might also consider appointing one employee to keep inventory of first aid supplies, monitor safety training, create workplace safety plans and keep abreast of OSHA guidelines.
Employers should provide personal protection equipment for their employees
By providing safety gear, also called personal protection equipment, employers show that they value their employees’ health, safety and well-being. Some of this equipment includes hard hats, gloves, safety goggles and boots that protect employees from chemical burns, hazardous material exposure, hearing, vision and head injuries, and other job-related hazards.
Technology can improve occupational safety
Employers have a number of technological means to help them create a safer workplace. One such application, Heat Safety Tool, is through OSHA and sends reminders regarding protective measures. Another useful app is from the American Red Cross and offers first aid tips and weather alerts.
Training should regularly take place at the worksite
With the help of mobile applications and online training from OSHA, employees can keep up to date on occupational safety measures. Employees can be certified in safety training via OSHA courses.
Severe construction-related injuries can lead to workers suffering substantial financial losses. Those who have suffered an on-the-job injury have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim, which typically covers a certain percentage of their losses.