Construction Accidents in Warmer WeatherMay 30, 2019
Warm weather brings an increase in construction projects around Pennsylvania. Not surprisingly, the spring and summer months can be some the most dangerous times for people who work on construction sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 13 workers are hurt every day due to preventable accidents.
Construction incidents can occur for a variety of reasons. As a result, thousands of employees experience falls, object strikes, electrocutions, and are caught in or between machinery annually. The following are common reasons why construction accidents occur:
- Poor planning: Not having all the information upfront, or not sharing it among team members, can quickly lead to breakdowns in communication and safety. The simplest way to reduce hazards is by having a system of checks and balances in place.
- Disuse of safety equipment: If an employer provides safety equipment, such as eye goggles, gloves, special tools, and coverings, workers should wear them without fail. Construction companies must make use of safety equipment mandatory for all personnel to reduce the likelihood of accidents. In exceptionally hot weather, they should also create working environments that are more conducive to worker health, and insist upon proper hydration.
- Unsafe working conditions: Construction sites can be dangerous places. Employers owe it to their workers to control every element for the benefit of their personnel. This includes taking special precautions under bad weather conditions.
- Improper training: Employees who have not been adequately trained on the machines they use may make serious errors in judgment. A good method of making certain everyone feels comfortable and confident is by instituting a comprehensive company-wide training program.
- Faulty equipment: Tools and machinery that have not been inspected, are broken, are too old, or have become dangerous should not be available for workers to use. Companies that violate this principle set up the risk for injury.
- Insufficient safety protocols: Everyone on a construction site must know the proper protocols to take from flagging near-misses to filing incident reports. Safety is essential as temperatures rise since machinery and safety equipment can perform differently under extreme conditions, such as heat waves.
- Unsafe working conditions: Construction sites can be dangerous places. Employers owe it to their workers to control every element for the benefit of their personnel. This includes taking special precautions under tempestuous weather conditions.
- Cutting corners: Though it can be tempting to rush through projects to meet deadlines or individual goals, workers must be allowed to take time when necessary. Otherwise, they may fall into patterns of cutting corners, leaving themselves and colleagues at a greater risk of injury or death.
Delaware County Workplace Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Help Injured Construction Workers
If you were hurt while working on a construction site, contact the Delaware County workplace accident lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello today. We will help you obtain the compensation you deserve so you can focus on your recovery. Call us at 610-892-4940 or fill out an online form for a free consultation. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Delaware County and West Chester.