Construction work continues to be a dangerous way to make a living. According to a recent article on foxcarolina.com a construction worker was killed while working at a manufacturing plant construction site.
Our workers’ compensation lawyers in Charlotte know construction work is consistently ranked among the most dangerous occupations.
The worker was killed when a 10-inch pipe fell and hit him in the head, the report stated.
The manufacturing plant that he was working on will be the first United States plant for a auto parts supplier based out of Germany. The plant is expected to be large enough to employ about 200 workers and is slated to open later this year.
Recently, a Bureau of Labor Statistics report indicated that the private construction industry saw an uptick of about 5% in fatal work injuries.
Establishing a safe construction site can be a complicated task but there are a few general guidelines that can help most construction workers.
One of the most basic and important ways to avoid injury on a construction site is to ensure that you are lifting objects properly. It is important that when lifting heavy objects you bend your knees and avoid any jerking or twisting motions with your back.
It is also always a good idea to use tools that are in good condition and do not put a strain on any part of your body. Frequently using tools that are not correctly designed can cause you to develop a number of conditions such as trigger finger, white finger, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Safety coordinators or employers should select tools that do not require a great deal of force to operate. In addition hand tools should not conduct electricity or heat.
Slip and falls are another major source of construction site injuries, it is a good idea to make sure your tool belt is balanced. Not only will this help prevent accidental slips but it will also stop you from pulling your body out of proper alignment.
A major part of preventing slip and fall accidents on a site is to be capable of spotting fall hazardous quickly. A construction site may contain many dangerous features such as floor openings to through debris through and hoist openings that are constructed as a way to hoist personnel or equipment.
If you’ve been injured while at work, contact our Charlotte worker’s compensation attorneys today by calling 800-887-1965.
How to Minimize Workers Comp Risks, North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Blog, February 3, 2014.
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