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Understand construction workplace hazards and protect yourself

Workplace injuries in the construction industry are commonplace, and the best way to avoid them is to know where hazards occur and to have a plan to protect every worker on every team at the job site. That means making sure everyone understands the most prevalent types of construction injuries and the best measures to take to protect themselves and the rest of their teams. When everyone is participating to make sure the work site is safe, it is easier to avoid being caught by these common injury hazards.

Police officers exposed to harmful chemicals

You may have an idea in your head for what occupational disease means. We've covered the topic on this blog in the past, mentioning common exposure risks and diseases that many have heard of and associate with certain types of work.

However, not all exposure comes from the type of work sites you many think. Today we have an example of police offers being exposed to an irritant.

Safety is imperative when working with heavy equipment

Those who work with heavy machinery know to respect its size and power. Large construction equipment can be dangerous because misuse can lead to serious injuries or death.

This equipment is also imperative on many worksites. Buildings can’t be built without heavy machinery. Roads can’t be built or maintained. Infrastructure relies greatly on the construction industry, and workers cannot do their job without the right equipment. Knowing how to use that equipment correctly and safely is imperative to avoiding accidents and injuries.

Workplace falls can be fatal

We’ve written in the past about the dangers of falls in the workplace. Falling from heights is one of the most common causes of injuries and deaths at work sites.

If nobody sees you fall the situation can become dire quickly. You could be seriously injured with valuable time ticking away to get medical attention. This is just one of the concerns when it comes to falling from ladders or other heights.

Construction employees' rights under OSHA

If you work in the construction industry, you’re likely familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The program is part of the Department of Labor and sets safety standards that apply to construction and other industries.

OSHA offers protections for employees and outlines the duties of employers to keep employees safe. The standards cover a wide range of topics.

Screening for occupational disease

Occupational diseases are always preventable. Not every employee can avoid working with contaminants, but you should be protected from contracting diseases through proper safety measures. It is also important to get regular physical exams.

OSHA has standards employers must follow for employees who work with asbestos. However, asbestos is not the only cause of occupational diseases. If you are exposed to any irritants or chemicals you should make sure you are getting physical exams and discussing potential issues with your doctor.

Be proactive with warehouse safety

Construction might be one of the most hazardous professions, but according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, otherwise known as OSHA, there are plenty of hazards in a warehouse. "The high number of fatalities associated with forklifts... tell (OSHA) that many workers are not being properly trained to safely drive these kinds of potentially hazardous equipment." Fortunately, more employers are taking steps to make sure workers are safe on the job, but it is up to everyone to reduce hazards and be aware of potential problems. Regardless of the size of the warehouse, here are some things that all workers can be on the lookout for on the job:

Employers working to decrease workplace injuries

Workplace injuries have costs for everyone involved. For the employee, an injury means missing time from work, and could mean missing paychecks. For the employer, an injury may mean paying out costly workers’ compensation claims.

Nobody wins when there’s an injury at the workplace, which is why so many employers have made worker safety a priority. This is especially true in the manufacturing industry.

Tips for motor vehicle safety

Motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common causes of work site injuries. With so many professionals using vehicles, from automobiles to large trucks, it's no wonder vehicle accidents pose such a risk.

Knowing the risks associated with your vehicle is the best way to stay safe. Below we've outlined some tips for reducing injuries when it comes to operating vehicles on the job.

Eye safety at construction sites

Eye injuries are some of the most common at construction sites. Flying debris, chemicals, dust particles and high heat can all cause damage to eyes.

It is important for construction workers to protect their eyes from the elements and dangers at a work site. Let's explore some of the common dangers at a works site and ways to keep yourself safe.

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