It comes as no surprise that construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work in the country. Workers are surrounded by large machinery, heavy materials and often a busy environment as multiple crews work to complete many separate tasks needed to make a project come together.
Unfortunately, many construction workers simply take it for granted that the job is dangerous without checking to see if the contractor or company for which they are working or considering for employment has a history of safety violations. There is no reason to set foot on a construction site without researching for yourself how much importance your employer puts on the safety of its workers.
Research your employer for your own safety
Just because a company is supposed to maintain a safe working environment for their employees doesn't mean that they do. You know how it goes - the people who paying for the project are breathing down somebody's neck to get things done ahead of schedule to keep their investors happy and so forth.
Far too often, the safety of the construction worker is considered an acceptable loss by the people signing the checks - because they never have to go out and work on a construction site!
You can do yourself a favor and help keep everyone safer by requesting inspection data from OSHA on any company, using the inspection request tools on their website at www.osha.gov .
Worksite injuries can happen anywhere
When working on a construction site, the potential for a fatal or life-altering injury is around every corner. Some of the most common worksite injuries include:
- Falling from scaffolding
- Fire and explosions
- Being crushed by large machinery
- Being struck by falling objects
While these are only some of the most common causes of construction site injury, they account for most of accidents that can occur. If you are placing your wellbeing on the line for someone else's project, you deserve to know that they are taking the necessary precautions to keep you safe.
What to do if you ARE injured on a worksite
Even when proper safety measures are taken, serious workplace injuries occur all the time. If you are injured on a construction site, there's no reason to wait for someone else to decide who should pay for your losses.
A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the aftermath of a worksite injury and see to it that your needs are put first and your rights remain protected.
The best thing you can do, even before an accident occurs, is form a relationship with a personal injury attorney in your area. Get the firm's number and save it in your phone, or put a few of their cards in your wallet, This way, when the unthinkable does happen, you know exactly whom to call.