While most construction workers appreciate the warmer weather, it can be a sign of increased risk, as well. Warmer weather means more work and more income for most construction workers. However since construction work is one of the more dangerous occupations, increased work means an increased chance of suffering a serious construction accident.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, auto accidents on construction sites occur most frequently in the summer and early fall seasons.
There are a few things that you can do as a construction worker to minimize the risk of serious accidents in the summer months:
- Get some rest: Whether you are working on the ground level or operating heavy machinery on a construction, your odds of injury-causing accidents is greatly increased if you are fatigued. By simply getting to bed at a reasonable time and getting a good night's sleep before a work day is a great way to make sure you are sharp and alert.
- Make sure you are seen: A significant percentage of accidents on construction sites involve commuters driving through construction zones. In some cases, they simply don't see the construction workers. Wearing bright colored clothing can prevent a serious accident.
- Slow down: Falls from heights, falls getting in and out of trucks and other construction vehicles, equipment accidents and many other serious accidents are often caused by simply not being careful. When you repeat the same actions over and over throughout the course of weeks and months, it is easy to stop paying close attention to what you are doing. But it is critical to always remember the dangers involved so you can avoid serious accidents and injuries.
If you do suffer serious injuries or the loss of someone you love in a construction site accident, call an experienced attorney right away. Hopefully, however, you can avoid accidents of this kind by following these important safety tips.