Construction Site Safety and Accident Prevention
Working in construction is a way of life in Lake Charles. Many men and women take their first job with Lewing or LC Construction, with many of them making it their career. In fact, construction has started to become an extremely profitable industry for the Calcasieu Parish economy. However, according to the United States Department of Labor and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), it is also one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs as well, causing over 4,000 deaths a year from construction-related accidents.
When building anything, you need three basic things: building material, tools, and hard work. However, when constructing large scale projects these commodities can become dangerous and increase your risk of injury tenfold.
Large scale building projects have a substantially higher risk for worker injuries due to improper tool use, machine malfunctions, and the large amount of potentially harmful materials used in construction areas. Here are a few examples:
- Broken glass, heavy materials, and sharp metals.
- Heavy and difficult to operate machinery.
- Dangerous tools such as nail guns, drills, saws, and mixers.
- Poor ventilation of airborne debris.
- Falling hazards.
- Electrical dangers.
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials.
- Exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration.
All of these factors, if not handled safely and properly, can cause extreme injury and death to construction workers. When working with these types of materials, you must always remember to stay alert, be cautious, and follow the designated safety protocols. If you see someone not obeying these rules, make sure you remind them that the safety of the entire crew is what is most important.
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