JUST LIKE ANY OTHER HARDWORKING AMERICAN, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO A SAFE WORKPLACE.
The CraftForce team asks the challenging but necessary question: WHY are worksite injuries, accidents, and even fatalities a nearly daily occurrence despite the new safety regulations that are always rolling out? What can YOU do to ensure the safety of YOUR worksite?
ACCIDENTS ﬁ HAPPEN
To get an idea of just how quickly accidents can unfold, let’s look at a recent worksite incident that took place in Cincinnati, OH when an overpass scheduled for demolition collapsed unexpectedly. Multiple reports and a grainy video verify that, within a split second, the overpass collapsed onto the highway below, impeding a semi-truck which then collided with the debris.
The real rub? A construction worker standing on the structure lost his life and the truck driver below was also injured. We won’t know the cause of the collapse until the investigation is complete, but this example shows us that accidents happen, and they often happen in the blink of an eye. So, what can you do to make sure you are working in a safe environment?
MAKE OSHA YOUR BEST FRIEND
Safety regulations can seem like an unnecessary hassle, but there is no better way to protect yourself and the person next to you than to follow every safety policy in place on-site. Government entities like OSHA have spent a lot of time and money building out programs that ensure every person in our country is working in a safe environment.
On their website, OSHA has compiled a lot of resources for workers and companies alike, such as a safety pocket book that outlines many risky scenarios construction workers will find themselves in and outlines how to be safe in each of them. Though it may seem like pain, invest the time now to educate yourself and your co-workers on the most recent safety protocol. You never know whose life you could be saving.
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