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How do employers prevent a construction accident?

Employers have the responsibility of providing a hazard free workplace. While some take this seriously, others are lazy in terms of being proactive.

There are many things employers can do to prevent construction accidents. This is no guarantee that all trouble will be avoided, but it goes a long way in helping. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 suggests the following in regards to incident prevention:

-- Make sure all structures are stable and that design specifications are in line with building codes.

-- Make sure precast concrete structures have adequate support to prevent collapsing until permanent connections, such as bracing columns, are in place.

-- Correct any deficiencies to prevent workers from exposure to unsafe conditions that could cause an accident, injuries, and fatalities.

-- Train workers on what it means to eliminate hazards and create safer working conditions.

There is no denying the fact that employers have many responsibilities in the workplace, with one of the most important being the safety of their workforce. Fortunately, there are steps every company can take, especially those in the construction industry, to help prevent serious accidents.

Even when employers do whatever they can to prevent construction accidents, something bad could still happen. If this occurs, it is important for anybody who has been injured to receive immediate medical attention, Furthermore, and just as important, the company should report the incident to the appropriate authorities, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Failure for both of these things to happen will only make things worse for everybody in the future.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "OSHA Fatal Facts," accessed Nov. 30, 2015

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