Orange barrels and scaffolding are common sights in Texas year-round indicating ongoing construction and road improvements. It may go without saying that construction work is dangerous work. The following are four common construction workplace injuries and how to prevent them.
Falls are common construction injuries. Workers should use fall arrest equipment. Perimeter protections should also be in place. If there are floor openings these should be covered and labeled. Finally, there should be safety practices in place when workers are using ladders or scaffolding.
Being struck by equipment/vehicles
Being struck by an object is another common construction injury. Workers should not be placed in a position between moving and fixed objects. Wearing high-visibility clothing can also help prevent workers from being struck by equipment or vehicles.
Being caught-in/between trenches
Being caught-in or between trenches also often occurs on construction sites. If a trench is five or more feet deep, workers should not enter them unless there is an adequate protective system in place. Trenches should also be sloped, shored, benched or have a shield system.
Finally, electrocutions are another common construction injury. Utilities and overhead powerlines should be identified before work begins, when using ladders or scaffolding and while operating equipment. Employees should be instructed on how to keep a safe distance from power lines. Electric tools should be grounded or double insulated.
Seek help for construction workplace injuries
Unfortunately, not all employers will follow these safety precautions on construction sites and workplace injuries will occur. When this happens, workers will want to seek the help necessary to understand their legal rights and options for compensation.