Risk Factors Affecting Construction Safety March 27, 2019
Construction accidents happen more often than most people realize. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about one in five workplace fatalities happen on construction sites. What makes construction less safe than other occupations? The industry has some very specific aspects that increase the risk of a workplace accident.
Many longtime workers are retiring, and not as many new people are available to take their places. Unemployment is at an all-time low, meaning that individuals who want a job most likely have one and are not necessarily going to switch to a construction position. Consequently, newer employees may have to perform additional work to make up for lean crews. This can lead to shortened amounts of onboarding and safety training, which inevitably leads to mistakes.
Most jobs involve repetitive tasks that become second nature. However, in construction, even repetitive tasks can be dangerous if workers are not remaining conscientious every step of the way. If a worker starts to lose focus while running heavy machinery, they could put themselves or others at a greater chance of injury. Simply losing concentration for a few seconds could result in a tragedy.
Everyone arrives at work with personal life distractions. Naturally, those distractions can keep them from maintaining a sharp mental state for the whole day. Even slightly wandering thoughts can be a huge disadvantage, especially on a construction site.
The environment can be highly unpredictable, leading to everything from sudden gusts of high winds to shifting foundations. Pennsylvania’s four seasons can mean severe changes day-to-day depending on the time of year. Many construction workers are not taught during safety courses to change their operations or processes to fit a new environment. This leaves them at a disadvantage when environmental considerations arise.
As can happen to any professional with a strong performance record, good construction employees are sometimes promoted to managerial status without having any formal supervisory training. Therefore, a construction site manager may not have the proper communication skills to fully train their employees. Lack of discussion or free dialogue can lead to work processes that are unsafe.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP Help Those Injured on Construction Sites
The challenges of construction safety can sometimes become too significant to ignore, especially when they result in injury. If you have been hurt on the job while working in a construction field, please contact the Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP. We are ready to discuss your situation and protect your rights regarding potential damages. Call 800-222-USWA (8792) to arrange a free consultation or complete our online contact form. We handle cases in Philadelphia, Reading, Bethlehem, Allentown, Harrisburg, and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.