If you work in construction, it can be easy to take for granted going in and out of a job site. If you get used to showing up to work at a particular project it is easy to slip into autopilot. However, it is important to stay alert and aware of hazards that can be present.
According to Consumersafety.org, here are some common hazards workers should be aware of:
Awareness when driving: If you are a commuter, check your local news or radio station to be aware of any blocked-off roadways or routes affected by construction. Pay attention to work speed zones, and look for signs showing that a flag person may be ahead, a new traffic pattern is about to occur, lanes are merging or a stop sign/traffic light has been put in place.
Recognize scaffolding boundaries: Be aware of your surroundings. Do not try to climb up or sit on scaffolding. Look for signs that show where work zones start or stop, or have limited access. If you are involved in a scaffolding accident, get legal help by seeking out lawyers that specialize in construction accidents.
Stay away from unsupervised worksites: If you come across a construction site that is abandoned or unsupervised, stay away. Look for signs that show restricted areas, stay behind any cones or caution tape, and report anything suspicious if you see others entering a potentially dangerous area.
Look for signals and warnings: If you follow the same route each day, you might not notice new signs or signals. Best practices are to always be aware of and on the lookout for new construction sites. There will be signs, signals, warnings and personnel relaying important information you must follow to ensure personal safety.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. There are a number of preventable deaths each year on and around construction sites. Always stay alert and watch out for you and your team’s safety.
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