The most injuries to occur on construction sites are injuries from equipment. Whether a nail gun catches an unfortunate hand or a worker misjudges where their hammer will land, these kind of minor injuries can be treated on site or at a nearby hospital. There are other injuries that can be far more troubling and difficult to treat. Sometimes people are not paying attention and can fall or be electrocuted by their own tools.
The most common injuries to occur in the construction field are falls, crushing from equipment, being struck by workplace vehicles, exposure to dangerous substances and electric shock. Most of these injuries are simply caused by negligence: someone not paying attention, workers not communicating to each other and using sub-standard tools and materials.While every employer and business owner understands the need to keep costs low and to stick to budgets, there are some areas of business where cutting corners can be a costly and even deadly, mistake.
Working in construction means that not only have the task of creating an efficient and aesthetically pleasing structure but you also have to work within the parameters of the client’s needs. This can cause some employers to choose more cost-effective measures on their site. This can mean anything from hiring inexperienced workers for less pay, substituting better materials for more budget-friendly resources, or using improper tools for building. These kind of practices can look great in the budget and invoices but workers and the eventual owners of the property are the ones that will suffer from these kind of actions.
That is why, as the employer or the client, that implementing a strong construction safety plan is key to keeping your workers safe and you out of litigation. Before hiring contractors and laborers, ask what safety measure they plan to use, ask what materials and tools they recommend for safety purposes, ask about the procedure concerning non-laborers on the job site. Answering these questions should give you as the client a good idea of how safe this site will be. Do not let your construction project or reputation be marred by lawsuits or bad publicity simply because someone becomes injured due to negligence.
Construction safety plans can mean a number of things. Having rules for all laborers on your site, demanding that only certain safety-tested materials are used or having additional safety measure in place to protect workers. One low-cost and easy recommendation you can make to your contractor or client is that they use Brahman Systems’s cable and hose protectors. When cables and hoses are left hanging or exposed, vehicles can be caught in them, workers can trip over them and when they are damaged the risk of electrocution is much higher. Brahman’s cable and hose protectors are made with steel and can withstand over 125,000 pounds, so feel free to use your biggest vehicles and materials. Making a construction safety plan with Brahman means a new standard in protection.