The recent uptick in construction has resulted in a concurrent rise in recordable injuries on job sites. In 2012 construction site fatalities jumped to 750, or 5% over the previous year. As the industry continues to rebound, new emphasis is needed on safety to keep total recordable incidents to a minimum.
With construction on the upswing, new workers are flocking to the industry. Inexperience is the single greatest factor in the growing number of incidents. And as baby boomers retire by the thousands, younger, less experienced workers are taking their place.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is acting to combat the rise in incidents. OSHA’s Focus Four Program attempts to educate workers about the most common causes of work site incidents:
Tips for Keeping Workers Safe
Safety is always a priority for construction workers and firms alike. Here are a few quick tips for keeping everyone safe on construction sites:
- Always wear protective equipment on the job site.
- Use the correct tools for the job – i.e. using the proper ladder for the task at hand.
- Use fall protection equipment such as harnesses, anchors, and positioning equipment.
- Always inspect equipment before it is used.
- Confirm that scaffolding is tight and strong enough to hold the weight placed on it.
- Create an on-site set of safety procedures and ensure workers are trained on these measures before the project begins.
Every work environment comes with a level of risk. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the site and workers safe.