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Why construction teams take unnecessary risks: The truth

You joined the construction field because you love to solve problems. Sadly, there is a problem that isn’t very easy to solve. That problem is the issue of unrealistic deadlines, poor safety precautions and overall danger in the workplace. While it seems easy to make the workplace safer, there are reasons why some employers fail to do so. This puts you and others in harm’s way.

While most employees have the right to workers’ compensation, that doesn’t mean that employers have the right to put you at risk. Unfortunately, a number of companies do use ineffective methods to get the job done. Those methods put you and your coworkers at risk of a workplace injury.

Risk assessment

One reason that construction teams end up taking unnecessary risks is simply being ill prepared for the job. When a job is planned, risk assessment and control activities take place. During this stage, the employer and workers identify, resolve and monitor potential hazards and exposure levels.

When a risk assessment isn’t completed, or when it’s inaccurate, it opens workers up to injury. Additionally, the more hazards there are, the higher the risk to employees, even when safety protocols are in place. Setting up the job well helps reduce risks and injuries, while failing to eliminate unnecessary risks puts workers at a higher risk of injury and death.


One other reason that workers tend to get hurt on the job is poor partner selection. When you work with third-party contractors, they need to have the same safety knowledge and professional care as your team. If a subcontractor is dangerous or negligent, then that variable puts your team at risk of injuries. Any incompetent subcontractor should be replaced instead of allowing him or her to put others at risk of injury.

When subcontractors and employees are working, company oversight is necessary. Having insufficient oversight means that some could become sloppy or fail to be as strict as they should at the worksite, potentially causing others to suffer due to their negligence.

As a construction worker, you know there’s a chance of injury on every job, but mitigating that risk is important to you. Your attorney can help with your claim if you’re injured because of a subcontractor’s negligence, your employer’s lack of preparation or other causes.

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