There’s going to be three more months of enforcement efforts to help to keep those who work in residential construction safe! According to officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), the temporary enforcement measures will now extend on through the middle of December. This is the program in which officials will provide work sites with free compliance help, penalty reductions, more outreach efforts and measures to make sure that work areas are consistent. Officials will be focusing on fall accidents as these incidents are the number one cause of death for residential construction workers.
Our Boulder workers’ compensation attorneys understand the risks that accompany a construction site. It’s the responsibility of the employers to make sure t6hat each of their employees is protected on the job. This means making sure that risks and hazards are minimized if not eliminated and that workers are not only trained, but provided with the proper safety equipment to complete the job. Since October of last year, officials with OSHA have conducted about 2,500 on-site visits to make sure that everyone is being kept safe. They’ve also conducted close to 950 training sessions to make sure everyone knew exactly what they were doing.
As a matter of fact, in 2010 there were close to 1,000 fatalities of workers in the residential construction industry. Of these deaths, there were more than 260 that were fall-related.
Employers are reminded to prep the work sites, including employees, for a safe day on the job! You’ve got to plan ahead! Make sure that you’ve examined the work site and that you’ve eliminated all of the hazards. You always want to make sure that you’ve got all of the right safety equipment to get the job done. Make sure workers have fall protection, etc. Lastly, you want to make sure that all workers are properly trained to not only to complete the job properly and safely, but that they’re also trained to point out and correct any hazards that they might run across along the way. Falls from roofs, scaffolds and ladders can be prevented and lives can be protected through three easy steps: Plan, Provide and Train.