Safety Hazards

Even though use of elevators and electric wheelbarrows has dramatically decreased physical lifting and back strain for workers at construction sites, safety hazards are still prevalent and bring a host of media attention:

  • In 2006, several tons of freshly poured concrete fell from the roof of a 300-foot tall office tower into the floor below injuring 16 workers.
  • In 2007, parents sue over their son’s death tied to a construction crane collapsing on son’s apartment.
  • In 2008, a construction worker plunges five stories while suspended to a concrete girder that crashes to the ground on a bridge.
  • In 2010, one man dies and two more are seriously injured following a scaffolding collapse at a hotel construction site.

OSHA’s Most Frequent Violations

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regularly fines construction companies for numerous life-threatening construction safety violations from failing to protect employees from a trench cave to not providing harnesses to roofers.

Some accidents seem inevitable, like bumping into something, tripping or slipping; however, these harmless actions can lead to severe consequences. Take a look at some of OSHA’s most frequently cited violations and what their potential work injury could be:

Exposure to Hazardous Conditions   Potential Injury
Guardrails not provided for open-sided floors or platform Falls from elevation; probable injuries, death or fractures
Lack of head protection from falling, struck by objects and electrical burns Death to major concussion or trauma; electrocution
No ground fault protection provided Fatal electrocution, electrical burns ranging from critical to minor; fire, explosion
Missing electrical path to ground Electrical shock, death to minor burns; fire, explosion
No protective system for trenching/excavation A trench cave-in (is the greatest risk associated with excavation); fatalities can be expected; additional health hazards similar to confine space situation: inhalation of toxic materials, asphyxiation due to lack of oxygen, fire, and drowning
Egress from trench/excavation causes a cave-in Probable injury is death; hazardous atmosphere caused by broken utilities, toxic material; large range of injuries from death due to inhalation to first and third degree burns
Falling objects to inhalation of toxic materials Instant death from inhalation to minor burns
No stair rail at change of elevation Falls from elevation; can be fatal
Use of non-approved container tanks for storing or handling flammable or combustible liquids Fire and or explosion; fatalities to first degree burns
Protruding steel rebar Punctures, death to serious internal injuriesNo securing of compressed gas cylinder
No securing of compressed gas cylinder Struck by facing or rocketing cylinder; injuries, death to contusions
Lack of eye/face protection for operation that creates an exposure Struck by flying object, particles or chemical; probable eye injuries ranging from blindness to minor irritation
Radiant energy exposure from welding and laser operation Blindness

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