Last week was National Work Zone Awareness Week, with a theme of "Work Zone Safety Is in Your Hands." On April 5, all roadway safety professionals were encouraged to wear orange in an effort to show their support for safety in work zones. The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) wanted those in orange to be sure to post pictures on their social media pages with #Orange4Safety.
When construction teams are working on roads or the highway, it's important for drivers to be aware and make sure they don't cause an accident. Speeding, not merging in time and other negligent acts can lead to serious, life-threatening accidents like this one that cost a man his life.
Many people, such as construction workers, use power tools on a regular basis. While this is a great way to get the job done right, it also poses a variety of dangers and risks.
Companies throughout the country rely on the use of forklifts for a variety of reasons. While these vehicles are extremely helpful, it's important to remember something else: They can be dangerous as well.
Most people who work in the construction industry realize that accidents can and do happen every now and again. Unfortunately, some accidents are extremely serious, often leading to injury or death.
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous for its workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses alone in 2009 with a whopping 9 percent in the construction industry. There are a number of different accidents that can happen, including the following:
A question for those employed in the construction industry: Did your employer provide you with a hard hat, or did you purchase it yourself? As of May 15, 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that employers provide personal protective equipment at no cost to the worker. While this rule is a good thing when it comes to who is responsible for providing protective gear, it brings a couple of safety issues to the forefront.
As a worker, you trust that every product you use is safe. However, you need to realize that this is not always true. For example, a bad product design could make a product dangerous to rely on.
As a construction worker, you understand the risks associated with your job. You also understand that there are steps you can take to prevent injury. If you are injured in a construction accident, it's important that you take the right steps at the right time.
It may be easy to fall off a ladder, but this is not something you ever want to experience. If this happens, you can be faced with serious injury or even death.