Statistics are not always helpful, but in some cases they can improve the way we prevent and solve problems. In the construction industry, there is no greater problem than the dangers workers face on the job every day. In this post, we will look at some telling statistics about construction injuries and explore ways we can use this data to make construction sites safer for workers like you.
Heights pose a huge risk
Falls from heights are a constant source of concern for construction workers and account for one-third of all construction-related deaths. By eliminating preventable falls, construction site managers could significantly reduce the overall death toll in the occupation. Safety protocols designed to prevent falls include:
- Proper use of safety harnesses
- Well-constructed scaffolding
- Thorough training regarding working on roofs, ladders, scaffolds and other high areas
Any lapse in fall safety can have tragic consequences. If you are being asked to work from heights and are not confident that proper safety protocols are in place, say something!
Unreported accidents hurt workers
More than one-fourth of construction workers have suffered an on-the-job injury but have not reported it. The reasons behind this are understandable: Some workers just don’t want to complain. They need to finish the job and stopping to report an accident will only slow down progress.
We urge you, however, to always report work accidents. This is important for a number of reasons, including:
- Your safety and well-being depend upon getting proper medical treatment for your injury.
- Job hazards must be identified so they do not cause additional injuries to you or others.
Another reason to report an accident is that your injury may leave you with significant financial hardships in the future, even if it doesn’t seem severe at the time. By reporting your accident, you can lay the groundwork for an eventual legal claim.
Safety pays off
We know that construction companies are not in the business to lose money. Statistics from the Occupational Health and Safety Organization (OSHA) demonstrate just how profitable it is to be safe. Companies save between $4 and $6 for every $1 spent on safety training.
Safety pays off and is the right thing to do. We hope you found this information helpful and that it will help you stay safer on the job.