In 1970, Congress enacted an act called the OSHA Act, which promised workers the right to a safe job. While the safety of all of our workers is important, this act specifically covers workers who work difficult manual labor jobs in fields like construction, oil, gas, mining, and jobs like that. For these workers the rate and frequency of potential injury, illness, and even death is so much higher than those who work in different fields. With the OSHA almost 600,000 people can now say that their lives have been greatly changed since the passing of this act.
Every day in America, there is an average of 14 workers who die due to job related injuries. So many women and men face the chance of never returning to their loved ones and families. Many people die from occupational diseases, and they receive less attention since these diseases aren’t detected right away. Due to the exposure of chemicals and toxic materials, occupational illness are often misdiagnosed or poorly tracked. With diseases that may take a while to show symptoms, it can also be difficult to pinpoint where that exact disease came from.
Due to all of this, it’s important to be aware of construction safety and what potential threats can come from construction. While everyone does their best to induce a safe and secure environment, professional training is required by law to protect your workers, but there are also many other trainings that aren’t required but are extremely helpful. It’s also important to understand what this job requires, which is what we are going to be discussing in this blog post. Keep reading to learn more!
Construction is one of the most dangerous professions, coming in second only to the transportation and warehousing industry. Falls are currently the leading cause of death in construction. So many workers end up working on tall buildings, scaffoldings, and ladders. There are other numerous parts of the job that can get extremely dangerous, too. These can include:
- Collapsing trenches
- Strikes from falling objects
- Electrocution or shock
- Fires and explosions
- Back injuries from heavy lifting
- Respiratory problems from chemicals or dust that’s been inhaled
- Hearing loss from long-term exposure and handling dangerous materials
- Repetitive motion injuries, ex. Carpal tunnel syndrome
Handling large pieces of equipment and operating heavy machinery can lead to a large amount of accidents, like workers getting caught in or between equipment or large trucks hitting employees. Some construction tools and tasks pose hazards, like amputation or crushing injuries. However, many of these accidents are completely preventable with the proper safety trainings and education. This is why it is so important for companies to comply and hire true professional educators.
Some common construction-related injuries come from broken bones or fractures from falls, lifting equipment, or continuous heavy labor. Falls can lead to head or traumatic brain injuries in addition to spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
Instead of having to deal with the extreme consequences that construction injuries can bring, make sure that your company and workers have the proper training and education. Q Safety Consultants is your one stop shop for all Safety Training, including OSHA, MSHA, EM 385, DOT, IATA, IMDG, and HAZWOPER. We have a wide network of trainers, safety equipment manufacturers, and service providers that allow you to get the best services possible. Contact us today for more information!