A serious head wound can be an extremely debilitating injury. It is all too easy for someone to inadvertently find themselves in a situation where such an accident can occur. A common source of these incidents is carelessness with tools. Workers often have tasks to perform at height and will be using a variety of equipment. Even in cases where they are using scaffolding to access the areas to which they are attending, a dropped tool might not necessarily land conveniently at their feet. If they happened to be swinging an implement, or have dislodged masonry, heavy objects could fall over the edge.
Staff on construction sites are obliged to wear hard hats, but even these can only offer so much protection in instances where something bulky has become unstable. Where the chains or straps securing blocks to be lifted by a crane have not been properly secured, disaster can happen. Members of the public should never be impinging on building work, but it is sometimes inevitable that pedestrians might not notice, or be able to read, hazard signs warning them which areas to avoid. Employees could be new to a job and unfamiliar with site layouts, making them more vulnerable to falling debris.
Preventing a serious head wound
The key to avoiding the likelihood of these injuries is for any workplace to be thoroughly risk-assessed. This might seem like a daunting task, especially in a large construction area where there will be a range of diverse activities being carried out, but such an undertaking is essential. This will identify hazardous areas and recommend action to be taken, such as placing hazard notices around areas where there is any danger of falling objects and ensuring that pedestrian walkways are both signed and covered. Tools and equipment that offer straps for support should be regularly checked.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown