At any given time, approximately 6.5 million people are working at over 200,000 construction sites across the United States, according to the Occupational & Safety Health Administration (OSHA). Tragically, the fatality rate for the construction industry is higher than for any other industry in the nation.
OSHA offers tips for construction workers on staying safe while on the job site. First, always be careful when using scaffolding on a construction site. Over 4,000 workers are injured and 50 are killed each year from scaffolding accidents. Make sure the scaffolding is set on sound footing and is maintained. The scaffolding should not be altered in any way. It should not be used in bad weather or if covered with snow, ice, or any other slippery material. Scaffolds should only hold the weight they were designed for.
Always wear the right personal protective equipment for the job, which can include protection for the face, eyes, hands, feet and head. Before using, make sure the equipment is maintained and that it fits properly.
Electrical accidents are also a frequent source of injuries for construction workers. Do not put ladders or other equipment or materials within ten feet of power lines. Maintain all electrical tools and equipment in safe condition. Make sure that damaged electrical cords are replaced quickly.
Have you been injured in a Texas construction accident? If so, contact Dallas construction accident attorney Kris Barber at the Barber Law Firm. Call him today at 972-231-5800 to find out more about construction accident cases.