New Jersey residents who work in construction probably know about the dangers they face. Every year in the U.S., there are thousands of construction-related injuries and deaths, and many of these cases could have been prevented if employers were more vigilant about their employees’ safety. There are a few tips that can help employers boost safety on a construction site.
At the outset, they are expected to follow OSHA guidelines. They should have an on-site safety plan that takes all of these guidelines into account. The construction site should be evaluated on a regular basis, and the supervisor should determine what the safety hazards will be before a job is undertaken.
The employees need plenty of safety training as well. OSHA does offer online courses that can help in this. There should be at least one person specially trained in CPR and first aid in case of emergencies. Also, employers must provide the right safety gear, which can range from gloves and goggles to hard hats and safety harnesses.
Contractors can incorporate new technology in the workplace. For example, an app from the American Red Cross can give weather alerts and first-aid tips. The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool can measure heat index values and remind employees to protect themselves against the dangers of excessive heat.
Those injured on the job, regardless of whether or not the employer lived up to safety standards, can generally file for workers’ compensation benefits. Filing a claim and handling any appeals if a claim is denied can be hard to do alone, so victims may find it advisable to have the assistance of an experienced attorney.