Build safer work environments on construction sites with sophisticated reporting tools
Most people do not clock into work each day, wondering whether they will get to clock out at the end of the day in one piece. Yet there is a significant portion of the working-class population who does. And many of them have one thing in common. They are construction workers.
If you are reading this article, chances are that you have a vested interest in these workers’ health and well-being, whether they are your employees, colleagues, friends or family. By the end of this article, you will learn what threatens them most and how to protect them better.
More than just numbers
According to Statista, there were nearly 9,1 million people employed in the construction industry in 2019. That same year, United States’ OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) recorded 5,333 construction site fatalities, constituting around 20% of all workplace-related deaths. It is estimated that 15 construction workers die on the job every week, at least two workers perishing each day.
When it comes to non-fatal injuries, construction sites fare no better. The risk of injury in construction is 71% higher than the average across all other US industries. Reports cited over 195,600 non-fatal work-related incidents. These include amputated limbs, scarring, disfigurement, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, blindness, deafness, and many others.
These injuries vary in severity but often result in short- or long-term inability to work, which puts both a physical and financial burden on the workers and their families.
Reasons to wear a hardhat
Based on its observations, OSHA established the four most common causes of construction-related accidents and dubbed them the “Fatal Four”. Together, the Fatal Four accounts for 60% of all fatalities and injuries sustained on construction sites. WKW’s (Wilson Kehoe Winingham LLC) infographic goes on to specify that “falls” account for 36,9%, “struck by an object” for 10,3%, “electrocutions” for 8.9%, and “caught between objects” for 2.6% of all injuries.
The perpetrators behind the damages
These injuries are associated with OSHA’s top ten most frequently cited safety violations. The list consists of:
|1. Fall protection||6. Lockout/Tagout|
|2. Hazard communication||7. Ladders|
|3. Scaffolding||8. Electrical, wiring methods|
|4. Respiratory protection||9. Machine guarding|
|5. Powered industrial trucks||10. Electrical, general requirements|
Companies often receive criticism for allegedly having higher standards for productivity than for safety, many claiming that these safety inadequacies stem from cutting costs. However, this assessment is not entirely fair, as it overlooks one crucial aspect of workplace safety assurance. That being the exhaustion of inspectors tasked with overseeing adherence to regulations.
Any given inspector has much to worry about. Despite the latest innovations in technology and safety measures, there is still much to oversee, check, and report. Stress, the taxing effects of often working in extreme weather, and complacency stemming from doing similar work days-on-end frequently result in inspectors missing issues they would have noticed otherwise.
Thankfully, we have a solution to this issue.
Improve your safety assurance with sophisticated reporting tools
As anyone working in construction can tell you, you always need the right tools for the job. And Resco can offer you the perfect reporting tools for improving construction site safety, as well as make the work less taxing on worksite inspectors.
Our construction site safety checklist is a free tool you can download and incorporate into your inspection routine in just a few moments! Thanks to its modular nature, it is easy to tweak and customize to suit your company’s and workers’ specific needs. Plus, none of your inspectors will have to struggle against the wind with a pen and paper, tens, if not hundreds of meters above the ground.