According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), almost 20 percent of all fatal workplace accidents occurred in the construction industry in 2013. Each industry possesses inherent safety risks, although those facing construction professionals are often more extreme. Heavy duty equipment, working from great heights and toxic chemicals are each omnipresent risks at construction sites. A safe work environment can be achieved by enabling workers to understand how to lessen their exposure to injuries from these factors.
OSHA cites four major causes of fatal workplace accidents, which are falls, being struck by an object, electrocution and being stuck in between objects. The equipment used by construction workers as well as their responsibilities confronts them with these causes much more frequently than other industries.
Employers can prevent these fatal accidents by implementing a compliance management system to adhere to OSHA regulations. Common OSHA violations committed by construction companies include failure to provide fall protection, unsafe scaffolding structures and exposure to electrical hazards. Workforce training that educates professionals on how to adhere to these rules can be an especially effective means of improving workplace safety.
Behavior based safety initiatives provide construction enterprises with a means of training employees so that they can perform their jobs in a manner that lessens the likelihood of injury. An employer that implements these measures drastically lessens the liability of their business following workplace accidents.
Safety Advantage LLC provides construction enterprises an abundance of tools that can help build and maintain a culture of workplace safety. In doing so, falls and other serious accidents at construction sites can be prevented and employers can prove their commitment to employee's well being. Training modules and accident prevention programs are just a few of the initiatives that can combat the innate risks that lead to construction-related accidents.