Construction site accidents result in thousands of deaths and injuries each year. While it may be impossible to control all conditions at a construction site, owners, operators, and employees can take steps to prevent accidents at building construction sites. Our California construction accident lawyers encourage all parties to implement and utilize safety measures at construction sites to help prevent injuries and the tragic loss of life.
Ten Safety Measures That Can Prevent Building Construction Site Accidents
1. Always Utilize Safety Gear
Because construction site accidents occur even though safety measures are in place, it is important to wear safety gear (personal protection equipment). Basic safety gear for most building construction sites includes hard hats, steel-toed boots, hearing protection, eye protection, and harnesses. In some cases, it may also be necessary to wear masks and gloves.
2. Maintain Equipment
Equipment accidents are common on construction sites. Proper equipment maintenance can reduce the risk of accidents involving equipment.
3. Safety Protocols
Develop safety protocols and require all employees to follow those protocols when on the construction site. Periodically review safety protocols and revise them as necessary to improve safety.
4. Schedule Regular Safety Meetings
Safety meetings are an opportunity to review various safety protocols and ensure that new employees are aware of safety measures. Team leaders and supervisors can be kept up-to-date on any changes and can suggest changes based on events on the job site.
5. Take Regular Breaks
Regular breaks and lunch breaks should be enforced. Some employees may want to work through breaks or lunch to shorten the workday or earn overtime. However, fatigue and failure to hydrate can increase the risk of construction site accidents.
6. Warning Signs
There should be sufficient signage to warn of dangers and hazards on a construction site. Signs should be clear and accompanied by ropes, cones, and other equipment to cordon off dangerous areas.
7. Worksite Inspections
Supervisors, safety teams, or other leaders should conduct worksite inspections daily to identify any potential dangers or hazards. Dangers and hazards should be eliminated or addressed immediately.
8. Provide Safety Training
Employees should be required to complete a safety training course before beginning work. Ongoing safety training and refresher courses for existing workers can help prevent construction accidents.
9. Proper Material Storage and Handling
Some materials on a building construction site can pose hazards and dangers. Supplies should be stored and secured according to proper safety measures.
10. Fall Protection
Falls are one of the most common causes of injury and death on construction sites. Fall protection protocols and fall protection equipment should be mandatory for all employees.
What Should You Do If You Are Injured on a Building Construction Site?
Workers’ compensation insurance covers most construction site accidents. However, some accidents on a construction site might also result in an injury claim against a third party. Product liability claims, premises liability claims, and general negligence claims might also apply. After seeking medical attention for your injuries, contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights and options for seeking compensation for your injuries.
Contact Our California Construction Accident Lawyers for More Information
Our California construction accident lawyers handle all types of construction accident claims. Contact our California construction accident attorneys for a free consultation to discuss your claim and your options for seeking compensation for damages.