Construction can be an extremely dangerous profession. Construction workers face many hazards on the job, some of which can contribute to catastrophic or fatal injuries. Learn five common hazards on construction sites and what employers can do to mitigate them.
What Makes Construction Sites Dangerous?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined several hazards present on many construction sites. These hazards include the following:
- Falls from heights
- Trench collapse
- Scaffolding collapse
- Electric shock
- Repetitive motion injuries
OSHA has also provided several ways that employers and construction site managers can mitigate these hazards. Such measures include the following:
- Provide appropriate fall arrest equipment and train workers how to use them.
- Employ a registered professional to design a protective system for trenches 20 feet deep or greater.
- Construct scaffolding that is sound, rigid, and sufficient to carry its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load without displacement.
- Clearly mark electrical hazards and replace any hard hat that receives an electrical shock.
- Schedule out shifts so that workers have adequate breaks from repetitive motions.
Your Legal Options After a Construction Site Accident
A construction site accident can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. It may prevent a worker from earning an income and may burden them with expensive medical bills. It is not right for an injured worker to have to foot the bill on their own when an employer or third party failed to mitigate hazards on the premises.
At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our experienced Los Angeles trial attorneys can help you determine whether you can recover funds through a workers’ compensation claim, personal injury claim, product liability claim, or something else.
Call Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP at (866) 634-4525 to schedule a free consultation.