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Texas Construction Worker Fatalities plus Safety Tips

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Construction worker in San Francisco.

Construction worker in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Among the 50 states, Texas leads in construction work zone fatalities. Between 2003 and 2015, there were 1,324 fatalities in construction work zones, which comes to approximately 102 per year. Texas averaged 13 work zone fatalities each year. Throughout the U.S., new materials and methods are being tested and utilized, to try to reduce the risk of roadway work zone injuries. Among the solutions are steel barricades and “smart safety vests” that can detect when an object is approaching a worker too quickly and alert the worker. It has been discovered that offsite prefabrication of structural components used on overpasses helps to keep workers safer and reduces the impact on traffic.

The leading cause of construction worker fatalities is falls, slips, and trips. The next most dangerous are transportation incidents, contact with equipment or objects, and exposure to harmful environments or substances.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the “Fatal Four,” which have been the top causes of worker deaths on construction sites. Through OSHA, they are identified as falls, electrocution, struck-by-object, and caught-in/caught-between accidents. The following are construction safety tips for avoiding a deadly workplace accident:

  • When using power tools, wear a face shield, glasses, or goggles. In addition, check to be sure protective guards are in place and in good condition.
  • Never position yourself underneath a suspended load. Make sure heavy machine operators see you. When heavy equipment and vehicles are in use, stay clear.
  • Wear a hard hat at all times when on a construction site, and avoid being in areas where work is being performed above you.
  • Use screen, debris nets, and toeboards to secure materials and tools.
  • Always focus on what you are doing but also be watchful for people carrying objects that block their view.
  • Be familiar with the equipment you use, so that you know where wrap, crush, pinch, pull-in, and sheer points are located.
  • Before doing equipment inspections or repairs, chock the wheels on equipment that could move and shut the equipment down.
  • Don’t wear jewelry at work. Wear close-fitting clothing and keep long hair in a bun, to prevent getting caught in moving machinery.

–Guest Contributor

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