Safety Tips for Top Construction Hazards

Safety Tips for Top Construction Hazards

The construction industry is inundated with risks. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 60% of construction worker deaths are attributed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Fatal Four Hazards:

  • Falls
  • Struck-by
  • Caught-in/caught-between
  • Electrocution

4 Safety Tips to Keep Your Employees Injury-Free

1. Fall Prevention

  • Mandate and provide employees with fall arrest equipment
  • Install and maintain perimeter protection
  • Secure and label all floor openings and covers
  • Safely utilize ladders and scaffolds
  • Verify each job uses appropriate equipment
  • Provide employees with proper equipment training

2. Struck-by Prevention

  • Never position workers between moving and fixed objects
  • Provide and mandate high-visibility clothing to identify workers easily
  • Employ positive barriers between workers and traffic
  • Inspect all tools and equipment
  • Make appropriate protective gear available (safety glasses, hardhat, face shields, etc.)
  • Encourage equipment certifications

3. Caught-in-/Caught-between Hazard Prevention

  • Refuse access to any unprotected trench or excavation (five feet or deeper) without an adequate protective system
  • Ensure trenching or excavation is protected by sloping, shoring, benching or a trench-shield system
  • Perform a site analysis for potential hazards

4. Electrocution Prevention

  • Locate/identify utilities daily
  • Recognize overhead power lines when operating any equipment
  • Maintain and enforce local safety distance from power lines
  • Ensure all portable electric tools must be grounded or double insulated
  • Use protective ground-fault circuit interrupters
  • Be alert to electrical hazards near ladders, scaffolds or other platforms


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A responsible employer must ensure the worksite is free from serious hazards and follows all relevant OSHA safety and health standards. Working with a construction risk manager can provide more insight on safety recommendations and review your insurance coverage to ensure adequate protection.

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