It seems that you can’t drive or even walk very far these days without seeing some sort of construction going on, whether it’s road workers digging up a city street or construction of a new commercial building. While we certainly wish that these jobs were 100% safe, the truth is that accidents in the construction industry happen at a rate that is certainly higher than most other types of work.
In the last blog, we started discussing 10 ways that accidents on construction sites could be reduced. You can read that first part by clicking right here. Once you’re done, come back here and check out the remaining five strategies:
Use Proper Signs to Warn People of Danger
Signs are often your first line of defense when it comes to keeping people away from areas where an injury could possibly occur. When people see a sign that says “danger,” they have a tendency to pay closer attention to their surroundings or avoid an area altogether. This goes for both construction workers and passersby. Areas with a high level of danger should be cordoned off by ropes and pylons to keep people away since these are locations that could lead to serious injury or death.
Warm-up Exercises Can Work Wonders
No matter what job you have, starting the day with a series of warm-up exercises can help your day go more smoothly. This is especially true for construction workers who often rely on being agile and in shape. Warm-up exercises or calisthenics will stretch out your body, help workers develop quicker reflexes, and sharpen their minds. If an accident does occur, these exercises may help lessen the severity of any injury.
Proper Driving Techniques
When vehicles are involved on a construction site, the possibility of injury – and with it, the need for proper safety procedures – goes up. Depending on the specific vehicles being used, the area the construction is taking place in, and the type of work that’s being done, the site may require pylons, buffer zones, barrels, and daytime running lights. Also, vehicles need to have warning strobes to give proper notice to approaching traffic. And if backing up of a construction vehicle is required, a spotter should always be used.
Stay Out of the Sun Whenever Possible
Although sunlight has a tendency to initially make people feel good, thanks to an increase in serotonin levels, that effect doesn’t last with workers who are subjected to the sun for long periods of time. It doesn’t take long for the heat beating down on them to make these workers fatigued and grumpy. Anyone who’s tried to work outside during the summer can probably attest to that. Construction workers should stay out of the sun whenever possible. When it is necessary for workers to be out in the sun for extended periods, staying hydrated and wearing appropriate clothing and eye protection, will help.
Use Healthier Drinking Habits
Although millions of people drink soda and energy drinks every single day, this is one activity that construction workers should avoid. That’s because these types of drinks can provide a quick boost of energy for only a short time, which is then replaced by feelings of fatigue and loss of alertness. Instead of reaching for these sugary drinks, drink water, sugar-free beverages, and drinks that replace electrolytes.
Construction site safety should be a top priority for everyone involved. Unfortunately, accidents happen, which is why it’s important that you know and understand your rights. The attorneys at Mintz Law Firm have years of experience in construction site accidents and will ensure that you’re treated fairly and get just compensation for any injuries.