contractor at siteMillions of people work within the construction industry in the United States. From general laborers to general contractors, the construction industry is where many people get their start in the workplace.

There are a lot of moving parts on a construction site, which can make it difficult for employees to always be aware of what’s going on around them. However, with the construction industry accounting for one out of five deaths across all industries, safety must be a top priority on construction sites; otherwise, your employees may feel ignored and the cost of your business insurance can increase if a lack of safety procedures leads to a high number of injuries.

Falling on the Job

In 2013, 302 out of 828 deaths were the result of a fall. Working in an elevated location is challenging, even when the ground is a few feet below you. But imagine working in the air when the ground is 10 or 20 feet below you. Any slip or sudden movement can jeopardize your employee's well-being.

The best way to reduce deaths from falls on your construction site is to employ OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign. OSHA recommends employers:
  • Plan for each job. Employers must dissect every aspect of the job in order to plan a safe way to complete the task.
  • Provide the necessary equipment. Employers need to provide workers with the right tools to do their job, including protection equipment.
  • Train employees to use their equipment responsibly. Ensure employees understand how to properly use the equipment.
Falls are preventable; therefore, every measure you take to prevent a fall can save a life.

Control Traffic

Knowing where you can and cannot walk will help improve safety on construction sites. It will also reduce the likelihood of being struck by a large object, which is the second leading cause of death on a construction site. Cranes and big rigs have blind spots that prevent the driver from seeing all possible angles. By placing barricades around dangerous locations on a construction site, you can reduce the number of injuries and deaths resulting from being struck by an object.

Confined Spaces

Working in confined spaces is a central aspect of working on a construction site. People typically have to dig out trenches or connect wires in tight quarters. Deaths associated with confined spaces within the construction industry account for 2.5 percent of deaths. To help minimize the possibility of injury or death, educate your personnel on exposure to chemicals and safety precautions they can take to reduce risks while working in a confined space.

Preventive action and education saves lives on construction sites. Instead of placing your business at risk and increasing the cost of your business insurance, you must take proactive measures to reduce the instance of injury and death on the job.

Get the coverage you need. Call Buschbach Insurance Agency at (708) 423-2350 for more information on Oak Lawn construction insurance.
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