As May is Building Safety Month, now’s a good time to take stock of safety standards on the job-site. Safety risks on the job are everywhere and include many avoidable dangers from the risk of falling, to electrocution, or getting caught between or struck by an object.
OSHA’s Safety Crusade
During the national safety stand-down, workers and employers will take a break from their workday to discuss fall prevention including scaffolding, ladder, and roofing safety.
— Total Landscape Care (@TLCmagazine) March 22, 2014
Unfortunately, OSHA is also busy handing out fines and citations for job-site safety infractions.
OSHA’s “Fatal Four” Job-Site Safety Hazards
Here’s a handy infographic from Construction Biz Wiz that sums up OSHA’s top four safety hazards in the construction industry:
In 2010 alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 751 construction worker deaths. 35% of those fatalities resulted from falls. Workers risk tripping, slipping, or falling on the job-site due to idle materials, moving parts, or poor harnessing.
2. Getting Caught Between Objects
Some less enjoyable ways to get “caught between” include:
- Cave-ins (trenching)
- Being pulled into or caught in machinery and equipment
- Being compressed or crushed between rolling, sliding, or shifting objects
3. Being Electrocuted
According to OSHA, the top electrocution hazards in construction include:
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Contact with energized sources (such as damaged or bare wires, live parts, or defective equipment/tools)
- Improper use of extension and flexible cords
4. Getting Struck by an Object
- Heavy equipment and vehicles, like trucks and cranes
- Flying or falling objects, such as airborne particles or materials
- Concrete or masonry walls being constructed
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About The Author
Todd Reed, National Market Manager
Husband to a professionally-licensed architectural engineer and lighting designer, and son-in-law to an electrician, Todd knows the importance of efficiency, safety, and productivity for electrical contractors. Todd is a seasoned professional, with 5 years’ experience within a family-owned distribution business, and 10 years as a Graybar employee. As National Market Manager at Graybar, Todd’s goal is to find the best products and solutions to help contractors work more efficiently, stay safe on the job, and win more productive and profitable business.
Sources & Credits
Safety in the Construction Industry [Infographic] Construction Biz Wiz
Develop an Effective OSHA-Compliant Lockout Tagout Program in 5 Steps Brady