It is not only construction work that involves risks to workers. The flipside of this industry – demolition – also puts workers at risk of occupational injuries.
Construction and demolition workers face very similar risks on the worksite, but safety for demolition workers has recently received increased attention with a new change in safety standards.
New criteria for demolition safety
While the newly updated standards are for employers to maintain, workers should still be aware of them. The standard applies specifically to sites and projects with many employers – and therefore workers – interacting on the same site.
The revised standards would require employers to:
- Establish clear roles regarding worksite safety
- Determine work plans and hazard management processes
- Inform all team members about how to handle hazards
- Reaffirm training standards and requirements
Since construction projects and sites are constantly evolving, it is critical that safety standards are as well. However, that is one of the main risks workers face, and they must make sure they are fully aware of the hazards they face on the job to keep themselves safe.
Beware of the risks
In addition to the new safety standards, demolition workers must also make sure they are aware of the hazards they could face daily on the job, including:
- Electrical injuries from live wires
- Falling objects
- Falls from heights or ladders
- Exposure to loud noises
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
Even though demolishing a particular building or site is a necessary part of the workers’ jobs, it can create new hazards each day. Even if a risk is inherent or a part of the job, an injury resulting from such a known risk remains compensable under Workers’ Compensation. Workers do not have to show negligence of their employer in order to receive coverage for on-the-job injuries. Employers and their Insurers may state otherwise, but that is why it is important to consult an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney to ensure your rights are protected.