5 Things to Always Look Out For On Your Construction Site


According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 5,333 workers died in construction-related accidents in 2019. 

If you work on a construction site, it’s important to be aware of work safety and OSHA regulations. 

This article will cover five hazards you should be on the lookout for on construction sites. 

1) Fall Hazards on a Construction Site

Falls are the primary cause of fatal accidents in the construction services industry. Platform holes and unguarded edges are common hazards that should be identified before a job begins. 

Per OSHA standards, general fall protection is required at six feet. At ten feet, scaffolds are needed. For heights of 15 to 30 feet, steel frames need to be erected. 

In the event workers are working at heights off the ground higher than 30 feet, the site manager needs to ensure a guardrail system, covers, or a personal fall arrest system is in place. 

2) Dangerous of Defective Equipment 

Construction workers use a variety of tools, equipment, and heavy machinery to complete a job. One of the most potentially dangerous pieces of equipment is cranes. 

OSHA requires all new cranes or cranes that have had repairs be tested to confirms the load rating. If a crane fails its test, it should be taken out of commission. Load testing services make it easy to determine if cranes are in working order. 

3) Electrocution Risks 

After falls, electrocutions are the second most common cause of fatal construction accidents. To prevent electrocution, OSHA has regulatory standards for safety training and electrical work. 

If you’re working on live electrical work on a job site, make sure all utilities are located before you start. Remember to maintain a safe distance from any power lines and always use ground-fault surge protectors. Also, be aware of electrical hazards when working with or on ladders or scaffolding. 

4) Crowded Work Areas 

Heavy machinery draws crowds. When work needs to be done that involves a large piece of equipment that only one person can operate, there may be downtime for others. Crowding, however, increasing the risk of injury. 

When someone is operating equipment, workers on the ground should remain far away from the operating area. The person operating the equipment should be aware of where others are around them and use their horn to signal backing up, moving, etc. 

5) Safety Violations 

Construction site managers and workers need to follow safety protocols. In the event you are working on a site and believe federal guidelines or safety protocols have been violated, you have the right to file a report. 

Common OSHA violations revolve around improper communication, respiratory hazards, improperly grounded electric systems, and poor fall protection. 

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Now that you know who to stay safe on a construction site, you’ll be better prepared if something goes wrong. 

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