Posted in Our Blog on May 1, 2018
If you are a construction worker in Louisiana, you will face the same hazards as many other construction workers, regardless of whether your project is a single story residential building or a skyscraper in the city. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations to prevent construction worker injuries in all the different jobs they do, not all employers comply, and accidents continue to happen
However, if you want to avoid sleeping in a hospital rather than at your home, you may want to familiarize yourself with the typical safety risks on construction sites. You should attend every possible training session; learn how to recognize hazards and what to do to protect yourself.
General personal protective equipment
Use every bit of safety gear that your employer provides, even if it seems unnecessary. You may not be in a life-or-death situation, but an unprotected eye can be blinded in an instant. Make sure you wear the following safety gear whenever you are on site:
Scaffold and ladder hazards
According to OSHA, the most frequent construction site accidents involve ladders and scaffolds. Proper scaffolds and ladders are necessities rather than luxuries on a construction site. You need not put your life on the line by using them if they are substandard, nor should you use concrete blocks or other objects to elevate you. Inspect scaffolds and ladders for the following issues before using them:
OSHA provides an entirely separate section of safety guidelines to prevent all falls — not only from heights. The following precautions might prevent you from falling:
In the event of an accident
Unfortunately, despite all your precautions, construction site accidents could still occur. If you are the victim of such an incident in Louisiana, the first thing to do after receiving the necessary medical attention is to set the ball rolling to get a workers’ compensation claim filed. You must report the incident to your supervisor — preferably in writing. He or she must then provide you with the necessary claim forms and report it to the insurer.
This can be a challenging process, but resources are available to assist with legal and administrative requirements when pursuing workers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses, lost income and any other applicable benefits.