A construction worker engages daily in laborious duties within a high-risk sector. Falls from height; slips and trips; injuries by falling objects or collapsing structures and accidents at work involving fires, explosions or electrocution are just some of the many causes of construction related injuries.
Every construction worker, and their employer, can take myriad precautions to minimise their risk of being injured at work.
- Work and safety procedures: Adequate training in both work and safety procedures on construction sites are mandatory. Workers can minimise the risk of sustaining potentially serious injuries at work by paying close attention to and adhering to the training they are given. This includes not attempting to do jobs or operate equipment or machinery they are not trained to do or operate.
- Protective gear: Employers are legally obliged to provide suitable personal protective equipment to prevent workers sustaining work related injuries or developing industrial illnesses. This type of equipment may include hard hats, hearing protection, safety goggles or dust masks, for instance. Workers can help minimise the risk of work accidents by wearing this equipment as and when required.
- Responsibility and Vigilance: Injuries by tripping or slipping can often be avoided by handling equipment responsibly and ensuring objects are not placed in locations where they may cause themselves or others to sustain trip injuries. In addition, by watching their step and navigating construction sites carefully, workers will reduce the risk of falling victim to slip or trip injuries.
- Equipment and structures: Only using equipment that is suitable for the job at hand, checking said equipment before using to ensure it is in proper, safe working order before commencing the required task, and reporting defective equipment immediately are equally important in preventing workplace accidents. Ensuring buildings and scaffolding, for example, are structurally sound before use is another way of minimising risk of work-related accidents.
- Vehicles: Building site accidents often involve vehicles of some type or another. Driving those vehicles with due care and attention and keeping out of the way of such vehicles when on foot can go a long way toward preventing workplace injuries.
When precautions fail
As a construction worker, or an employee in any other sector, if you suffer an injury at a construction site you may qualify for construction accident compensation.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice