Despite workplace accidents being down by almost half compared to 20 years ago, construction injuries still happen. The most common workplace injuries include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Machine crushing
Thankfully, there are ways you can prevent these accidents by employing some simple solutions:
When workers are stressed by life outside of work or from a work deadline, they can become distracted while working and result in construction injuries. For example, they could forget to turn off a machine or forget to secure safety equipment properly.
To help workers become less distracted, set regular breaks and encourage them to take their vacation time to de-stress. It’s also a good idea to ban electronics that are unrelated to work like iPods, and phones should only be used for work. Also, make sure that your workers are getting enough sleep on the job and not coming to work fatigued.
Install Modular or Prefabricated Solutions
Modular construction is also a good way to prevent construction injuries on-site. Falling from or onto equipment can lead to serious injury or death, so having modular or prefabricated solutions like mezzanines to act as fall protection platforms can reduce accidents. Workers can safely work in high places with the introduction of guardrails and fall arrest systems. In addition, having on-site equipment storage will prevent unauthorized employees from accessing equipment, preventing possible misuse and injury.
Emphasize Workplace Rules
Sometimes, workers can become lax in their day-to-day routines and forget about common workplace safety rules—especially if they have never had an accident and the job is repetitive. This lapse can cause injuries to workers and equipment because rules were not followed. To prevent lapses in judgement, take the time to emphasize the importance of construction safety rules and have supervisors monitor the worksite.