The construction field is one of the most dangerous lines of work around. The pay can be good, but in exchange workers must devote long hours working in conditions that many people would be leery of working in. One of the most common types of accidents in construction work is falls; in fact, the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that deaths caused by falling from elevation are the leading cause of death for construction workers. It is imperative that the construction industry continually tries to improve the safety of working conditions for its employees; OSHA also notes with respect to falls that the most often cited violation in 2014 was that of fall protection in the construction industry.
Prevention Is Key – Awareness Aids Prevention
In light of the known problem regarding falls in the construction industry, OSHA is making the industry aware through an initiative called the National Safety Stand-Down. The purpose of this program is to raise awareness of preventing construction industry fall hazards. OSHA partners with other groups that have a presence in the construction industry and has been doing so for several years. It is a voluntary event that offers employers the opportunity to speak directly with employees about safety concerns – in particular, concerns regarding falls and fall hazards. OSHA provides information to employers and anyone who is interested in participating in this event that is scheduled for early May of 2016.
OSHA’s Focus on Fall Prevention
OSHA takes fall prevention seriously. Further proof of its recognition of the seriousness of the issue is a second OSHA campaign aimed directly at fall prevention. The principle of this campaign is simple – falls can be prevented and lives can be saved by following three simple steps:
- Plan – getting the job done safely starts with a plan. Knowing ahead of time how a job will be done and what will be involved is a good start; additionally, thinking about necessary safety equipment is imperative.
- Provide – Making sure employees have the right equipment for the job; each job may have different equipment needs and providing the correct equipment helps to ensure a safe job.
- Train – Employees need to receive the proper training to help them make sure they know who to perform the job and operate equipment safely.
A Growing Society Means Increased Safety Concerns in the Construction Industry
As society continues to grow and we require more housing, more office space, more retail space – everything that goes along with progress and advancement – construction needs will continue to rise as well. Along with the rise in construction, particularly in a busy and growing metropolis such as Atlanta, it becomes more important for the construction industry to continue to improve worksite safety. Efforts such as those led by OSHA and other leaders in workplace safety organizations emphasize the importance of a continued focus on preventing worksite accidents.
If an Accident Occurs, Know Your Rights
Despite the focused efforts of organizations such as OSHA, workplace accidents occur. When they do, it is important to get information about your rights and responsibilities. If you have been injured on the job, the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is the first call you should make. Our experienced attorneys handle all types of workers’ compensation issues and are ready to help you with your questions. Contact us today by phone or online to schedule your free consultation. We are here to help.