Bridge Construction Safety Tools You Shouldn’t Be Without
It’s your first day on this project and you and your buddies are practically jumping up and down with excitement. For the past 3 months, you’ve been stuck doing road construction and repaving potholes, but today, you get to work on repairing the Calcasieu Bridge and you couldn’t be more pumped.
As you get to the site, you’re surprised to see that the rest of the crew—instead of getting ready to start repairs—are all standing idly by, some drinking coffee, others on their phones, but none of them actually doing any work. As you approach your foreman, you overhear him screaming into his phone. “...I don’t care, my guys aren’t going to lift a finger until you get the proper tools down here...I don’t want to hear excuses, if I can’t guarantee their safety, they’re not going on it.”
My buddy pulls me away and explains that our boss apparently skimped out on some safeguards and our foreman is refusing to start the job without them. Therefore, all we can do is wait until he can get them here.
So you take a seat next to the rest of the crew, whip out your phone and start to make a checklist of what types of safety equipment your employer needs to provide, in order to keep you safe.
Bridge Construction Safeguards
Approximately 1,000 construction workers are injured per year in the U.S. and according to the Department of Transportation and Development, one out of every seven bridges in Louisiana need to be replaced or repaired by construction crews. These facts alone should make bridge construction safety a high priority for Lake Charles construction companies, and help promote these five safeguards for bridge workers.
- Hard hats, work boots, and gloves should be provided and worn at all times to prevent minor to severe cuts, bruises, and contusions.
- Whistles should be warn in case you or a crew member accidentally falls off the bridge without being noticed; the whistle can be used to alert others of the mishap—as long as you’re still conscious enough to blow it.
- Buddy systems are helpful as well to prevent accidents from going unnoticed; you can rely on another person to always have your back, and that person relies on you. If an accident does occur, your buddy will be there to help or to alert others of the problem.
- Life preservers are a good precaution when working on bridges over water.
- Safety nets, expanding at least 10 feet on both sides, and attached underneath the bridge, provide protection for accidental falls, while also adding additional security and ultimately increasing workflow and productivity.
If you feel that your employer isn’t taking your safety seriously, or you have already been injured in a bridge construction accident, contact us today. We’ll offer you a free consultation to discuss your injuries and potential settlement, as well as give you the understanding and knowledge you need to pursue a claim. Don’t allow an injury to potentially ruin the rest of your life, call now!