In 2019, Charlotte was among the top five US cities with the most approved housing development projects. While this expected increase in construction work will bring in more business and employment, it may also increase the risk of construction accidents in the city. In fact, construction fatalities are actually up in the country, reaching 1,008 in 2019.
However, by acknowledging the dangers, the right awareness and preparation can reduce the risk of accidents and deaths significantly. Here’s what you should know about keeping construction accidents low in a healthy housing development sector.
Chance of Equipment Failure
Construction work requires the use of large structures and machineries like trucks, forklifts, and tractors. Around 5% of construction fatalities in 2018 involved structures and heavy equipment, so managing these machines and moving vehicles is of utmost importance. Contractors should conduct regular maintenance work on these vehicles to ensure that they are in top working condition. Moreover, contractors should know where to buy construction equipment parts that can outfit these machines reliably and maintain control over their movement under any conditions.
Most construction equipment requires electricity, and electrical cables are often strewn all over these project sites. Old wiring, faulty outlets, and damaged cords are all potential hazards for people working in the area. These issues are worsened by the fact that most construction work and the needed electrical cables are found outdoors, exposed to the elements. Although 8.5% of all construction fatalities were due to electrocution, these numbers can be reduced with sound preventive measures.
A smart electrical layout and proper signages are key to avoiding any electricity mishaps. All laborers must know where danger spots are in the area. Using ground-fault circuit interrupters is also an ideal way of preventing electrical accidents at construction sites.
Falls at Construction Sites
In 2018, over 30% of construction-site deaths were due to workers falling from great heights. Construction workers often have to perform tasks in very precarious positions like rooftops, ladders, windows, and scaffolds. Slipping from the edge of these areas is a real risk they face every day.
However, providing workers with the right safety equipment can minimize the dangers these laborers work through. Beam straps, concrete plunger anchors, butterfly anchors, rope-grabs, and retractable lanyards are just some of the protective equipment that can be provided to construction workers.
Although all these protective equipment and parts cost much money, there is a long-term reduction in other costs. Smartly spending on construction safety can prevent expenses from ballooning hospital bills, lawsuits from injured workers, and project delays that can be a bigger headache.