The Construction Industry is one of the most hazardous industries to work in the United State. With over 6.5 million people working at construction site it is of course one of the largest and biggest industries in the United States. This Construction Industry has all sorts of hazards lurking in virtually every area.
This has caused the construction industry to pay a major premium in health insurance. Occupational Safety is a major concern at all construction sites. Major education and training programs are underway all over the country. This has lead to a large reduction in work related injuries. Construction safety is a primary concern of all construction companies.
The most injuries are caused by falls. Falls can occur from any number of areas in a construction site. Ladders alone will account for over 24,000 injuries and about 36 fatalities a year. To combat this construction companies must make sure the people who use the ladder are competent and that the ladder is long enough for the task. Falls and other injuries can also occur when workers use a scaffold. Scaffolds must be secure and sturdy. The scaffold must be able to carry a minimum of 4 times its intended use. Scaffold related injuries number about 4500 and nearly 50 fatalities a year.
The stair way may seem safe but accidents occur here in great numbers as well. Construction companies need to keep the stairways free of objects and clean up any spills and try and keep the area dry. Construction site are full of trenches and other low-lying hazards. With trenches causing dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries construction companies have come up some standards to avoid unnecessary accidents. Workers should never enter unprotected trenches. Wear protect gear and beware.
Another type of hazard for the construction worker is being struck by something. Construction site have people and equipment moving about all the time. Construction sites are beehive of movement of men and material. Cranes both great and small are on construction sites moving supplies, tearing down objects and in general just a swinging mass of injury waiting to happen. Bulldozers are needed to move earth and material all over the place. Trucks of all types habit the construction site. Injury by trucks is the most common struck by injury. These behemoths must keep moving to keep the construction project on time. Forklifts run a close second, as it is difficult to see around the objects being lifted.
While there are still many more hazards in the construction industry these are the greatest and most common causes of both injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. Construction companies and Local, State and federal governments have worked together to reduce the likely hood of injuries and fatalities at a construction site. It is a great deal of work but all agree the effort that has been made is well worth the investment. It takes time to learn the trade and avoid the hazards but education and training will reduce and prevent more injuries than anything else.
Via Jennifer Winget