In the United States, there are over 6,000,000 people who work in construction each weekday. New York City always seems to have companies seeking to move to it or expand and always has many active construction projects. This has brought tens of thousands of construction jobs here. Understanding the dangers on construction sites reduces construction accidents and the injuries and fatalities that they cause each year.
The more than 250,000 construction sites active each day are labor intensive and create many jobs. Some of these jobs are quite dangerous. These workers risk dangers such as trench collapses, falls, scaffolding collapses, electrical shocks and even injuries caused by repetitive motions.
By identifying such hazards and taking suggested precautions, you will help minimize the risk of construction accidents and thus prevent injuries and fatalities.
Falls are consistently the most frequent cause of construction site fatalities. Falls are caused by unstable working areas, failure to use or misuse of fall equipment designed for fall protection and human error.
Using elevated platforms, net systems, aerial lifts or personal fall arrest systems such as harnesses is a cost effective way to help decrease the numbers of falls and the injuries and deaths they can cause.
50 fatalities and 4,000 injuries a year are caused by scaffolding accidents. Minimizing this risk is as simple as having well built scaffolding located on a flat and solid base. Using boards, blocks or other material to support scaffolding is just plain dangerous. Always have guardrails as recommended in the scaffolding guidelines. Do not construct scaffolding within 10 feet of power lines. Make construction workers aware of these precautions and tell them to make sure safe conditions exist at the worksite. Scaffolding injuries are typically compensated by workers’ compensation insurance unless the injury is caused by a third party company which poorly erected or maintained the scaffolding.
Trench collapses cause dozens of deaths each year. A professional engineer must design and later inspect any trench that is 20 feet or more deep. Trench walls should be angled away from excavation areas but no steeper than 11 2 :1 height/depth ratio depending upon the soil type at the trench site. Trenches should be strengthened with supports which can help prevent soil from moving for less deep trenches.
Ladders at construction sites are involved with roughly 25,000 injuries 30 deaths each year. Always inspect ladders and mark them as defective when you discover an issue. Pay attention to the maximum weight load and do not use ladders near power lines.
The weight load limits of cranes must be followed cranes must be regularly inspected. Many crane accidents happen due to cranes touching power line.
Roughly 100 annual fatalities are caused by forklifts. Most of these accidents are caused by forklift operators who are not certified. Modifying attachments or misusing them are also common causes of injuries.
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