Ohio is said to have three seasons; Winter, Fall and Construction. All joking aside, the warmer temperatures mean construction is in full swing. From road construction to building construction and everything in between, construction safety should be of highest priority.
Roadside Construction Safety
It is imperative that drivers adhere to posted construction speed limits and watch for construction workers and orange barrels. Every year, preventable tragedies occur due to driver distraction or negligence. Not only can a careless mistake cost the life (or quality of life) of a roadside construction worker, but it will forever change the course of life of the negligent driver.
Take extra caution on the roads and give yourself plenty of time to account for construction delays. Do your part to drive aware, and ALWAYS follow construction traffic patterns and safe speed limits.
Building Construction and Fall Safety
Every year the leading cause of construction fatalities is fall deaths. Falls account for more than 38% of the annual commercial and residential construction deaths. Fall fatalities have doubled in residential construction since 2011. The CDC reports that small businesses with 10 or fewer employees account for 61% of the residential fall deaths.
It is critical that construction job site safety practices are in place and followed to the letter. Fall arrest systems and proper training can save at least 300 lives each year. If you see something dangerous in your work environment alert a superior immediately and be the voice needed to prevent the next tragedy.
Trench and Underground Collapse Prevention
Tragically, local headlines last season highlight the very importance of this matter. From the heartbreaking Mentor trench collapse that took the life of a 28 year old, to a laundry list of near close calls – Proper collapse prevention is a corner that simply cannot be cut. Time and again OSHA fines and warnings just are not enough.
Every single trade worker has the right to be safe on his or her job site; this includes proper training and safety equipment. Taking the extra time to secure a trench or underground work space is paramount.
If your or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury or tragic death as a result of a construct accident, contact our offices immediately.
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