Obstacles to safety on a construction site

On Behalf of | May 27, 2020 | Unsafe Conditions, Workers' Compensation

If you have worked on a Pennsylvania construction site, you likely know that are many safety hazards that you need to be aware of. However, in many cases, the obvious hazards are the ones that cause the fewest injuries or deaths because everyone is aware of them. Let’s take a look at some of the less obvious hazards that you and others should think about when on a job site.

High turnover can cause problems

In most cases, you will receive some level of training when starting a new job. When companies hire new workers on a regular basis, there may not be enough time to do more than meet basic OSHA requirements. Therefore, there may be a higher likelihood of an accident when a construction project is being completed by individuals who have limited experience and training.

Employees may overlook important details

You may be at a higher risk of slipping, tripping or falling while walking on an uneven surface. Your risk of getting hurt may also increase while walking on surfaces that may be covered in mud, ice or snow. While site managers may be able to help mitigate some hazards, they can’t always stay on top of every small hazard that may be present. Ultimately, it is up to workers to remain aware of their environment and to take reasonable steps to keep themselves safe.

Communication is key on a construction site

It is critical that supervisors are able to communicate how important it is for employees to perform tasks in a safe manner. If employees believe that their safety is a priority, they are more likely to take steps to minimize the hazards that they face each day.

If a lack of workplace safety protocols results in an injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney may be able to help you file a claim or take steps to maximize the chances that it is approved in a timely manner.