Construction site accidents happen all too often. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in every 25 construction workers is injured on the job every year. In 2010, 774 workers lost their lives on construction sites. In order to prevent these dangerous and life-threatening accidents, it’s important to take the proper safety precautions while working on construction sites.
San Antonio personal injury lawyer Pat Maloney shares a few ways you or your loved one can work to avoid construction site accidents:
- Be aware of the risks around you. Common hazards on construction sites include falling debris and materials, live electrical wiring, and falls from high heights.
- Keep it clean. Put up tools and materials when you’re done using them and ensure your workspace is free of hazards. Keep all walkways clear and free of debris to prevent unnecessary falls and slips.
- Take part in any training provided. Additionally, don’t operate any equipment you’re not qualified or trained to use.
- Report any dangerous working conditions. If you spot hazards in your work environment, report it to your employer. If necessary, go to your union representative or file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- Maintain your tools. Before using a piece of equipment or machinery, ensure it is in proper working order. Keep all tools and machinery on a regular inspection schedule.
- Wear safety gear. Always wear the recommended safety equipment for your job. Whether it’s a hard hat, goggles, gloves, or protective suit, these items could save your life.
- Follow any and all guidelines set in place by OSHA or your employer. These are designed to keep you, your colleagues, and anyone else on the site safe.
Were you or someone you love injured in construction site accidents? You could be due compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Call (210) 934-6609 to discuss your legal rights with a San Antonio personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney now.