Anything can happen on a construction site. Accidents are unavoidable to a certain extent, but the regularity at which point these accidents happen can vary greatly depending on the rules and regulations that are put in place.
In order to avoid these potential accidents, which can be life-threatening, it is important to make sure that everyone on the worksite is educated in the potential risks that can occur at any given point.
Here are some of the most common mistakes that can lead to injury:
Construction sites will have to deal with heights regularly, and as a result construction workers must be educated in how to prevent them. According to OSHA, any platform over six feet high must be protected by either guardrails or wires. Furthermore, ladders must be able to support four times the weight that they are supposed to hold in order to insure the ladder does not collapse under a given weight.
Heavy machinery injuries
Heavy machinery is an inevitable part of a construction site, so it is no wonder they regularly lead to injury. This most commonly happens when people operating the machinery or those around the machinery are not properly educated in how the machine actually works. Precautions should be made to insure that accidents never occur, such as keeping a safe distance from the machine and never operating for a prolonged period of time.
Exposed wires are inexcusable on a worksite, but the happen regularly. These can lead to serious problems, such as burns, power outages or even electrocution. In order to avoid these problems, it is important to cover wires whenever possible. For instance, if you have exposed wires laying around on the ground, especially where cars and heavy machinery are crossing, makes sure to a hose ramp or road crossing ramps to ensure nothing breaks.
Accidents happen, but they can happen less with a few precautions in place. The more cautious you are the less likely someone will get hurt, which can increase efficiency and decrease the likelihood of a lawsuit.