Do You Work in Construction? Here are a Few Facts You Need to Know About Safety

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on January 14, 2014. Posted in Crain training, Fall protection, Lifting equipment

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Did you know that construction is the most dangerous land-based work sector in Europe, after the fishing industry. In the European Union, the fatal accident rate is nearly 13 workers per 100,000 as against 5 per 100,000 for the all sector average? The problem is not that the hazards and risks are unknown, it is that they are very difficult to control in a constantly changing work environment. If you run a construction company, or if you just work for one, construction safety training is one of the best ways to make sure that you and your employees are safe. If you are not already investing in a construction safety training program, here are a few important facts you need to know before choosing one.

An astonishing 4,209 workers were killed on the job in 2011. Though it might seem like most of these deaths were as a result of neglect, that may not be the case. Since most construction workers spend varying amounts of time at different site with different conditions, adequately training them can be difficult. A lot of these deaths more than likely resulted from incomplete OSHA training.

In 2001, there were 481,400 non-fatal injuries related to construction jobs. This can refer to anything from a small cut, to a critical near fatal injury. Though most construction sites and companies do their best to prevent this kind of thing from happening, sometimes additional safety training is required.

The leading safety hazards on site are falls from height, motor vehicle crashes, excavation accidents, electrocution, machines, and being struck by falling objects. Some of the main health hazards on site are asbestos, solvents, noise, and manual handling activities. Fall protection programs, and more general construction safety training courses, can train construction workers on how to avoid dangerous situations that could lead to fatal injury. Falls from heights are the leading cause of injury in the construction industry. In the OSHA Handbook (29 CFR), fall protection is needed in areas and activities that include, but are not limited to: ramps, runways, and other walkways; excavations; hoist areas; holes; formwork; leading edge work; unprotected sides and edges; overhand bricklaying and related work; roofing; precast erection; wall openings; residential construction; and other walking/working surfaces.

Construction companies that have high quality equipment, and safety training have been shown to avoid accidents more frequently. More on this.

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