A job at a construction site is considered very dangerous. This is due to the different sorts of hazards that can be encountered by workers at construction sites. Accidents could happen on a daily basis. During the past years, numerous workers have experienced both the mild and grave injuries; some became disabled, and others have lost their lives. This just indicates that there is a need to use the best forms of precautionary measures to avoid such unwelcome incidents.
The Causes of the Freak and Fatal Accidents
The construction sites are generally filled with lumbers, metals, machinery, motor vehicles, electric wires, andthe likes. The workers are normally exposed to the risks that these equipment may bring. The various causes of accidents may also include falling of the roofs and ledges, slipping and falling off the scaffolds and ladders and from other levels, electrocution, burns, collapses, getting injured by machines, motor vehicles, and diggers, chemical burns, cement, dust, and other toxic gases, among others. The main causes of these mishaps are generally due to the lack of proper training and carelessness of both the workers and the construction company.
The Government’s Role
Some concerned groups and the local government are finding ways to eliminate these adverse events. Thus, the necessary precautionary measures are required to be applied for the safety of everyone at the construction site. Stronger roofs and structures are needed to avoid the slipping or falling of workers and equipment. The electric wiring must be done properly. The machines and heavy equipment should be operated only by skilled and properly trained individuals. The design of the work site should be done properlyto provide easy transporting of materials.
The employers should provide a comprehensive training to their workers to further eliminate accidents. A regular safety check and maintenance of the equipment has to be done to see to it that nothing is faulty which could lead to freak accidents. It is also crucial to put up signs such as "Bio-hazard" and the likes to serve as warnings to the workers. By creating a strict sense of awareness, numerous injuries and fatal accidents can be prevented.
The Role of Construction Workers
As mentioned, these accidents frequently happen as a result of the workers’ and employers’ neglect and carelessness. A construction site will never be a 100% safe place but there are various ways on how the mishaps can be prevented. The workers should stay alert all the time with all their senses working well. They should be aware that when entering a danger zone, protective gears should be worn.
It is a known fact that laborious construction jobs are not among the most financially rewarding careers. In fact, most construction workers receive such a small income. How much more if accidents happen? Some companies offer comprehensive insurance policies, but will only provide a small sum of money that may not even be enough to compensate the losses for the victim’s family. Most importantly, it matters that each individual should take every necessary ounce of precaution.
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