4 Tips for Work Zone Safety
Construction workers face several hazards throughout the standard workday, and those that work on highways or other infrastructure have additional dangers like motor vehicles. Although these external factors can be unpredictable, there are several ways you can improve the overall safety of workers. Here are four simple tips to do so:
#1. Establish an Effective Safety Program
The National Safety Council and other organizations encourage implementing work zone safety training or programs designed for keeping workers safe. These programs outline different hazard communication protocols, effective training for different roles within the work zone, supervisors' rites and responsibilities, and more.
Establishing an effective safety program or training workers on safe communication and procedures requires a set guideline to refer to when someone gets injured.
#2. Improve Ergonomics
Although it may seem like ergonomics aren't possible for work zones, there are several ways you can implement these. Some methods include implementing consistent breaks to reduce prolonged repetitive tasks, using tools with extension handles, and more. You can learn more about implementing ergonomics in the workplace here.
#3. Wear the Appropriate Safety Equipment
Personal protective equipment in work zones is critical for improving employee safety and is a standard set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Construction workers generally should be equipped with hard hats, close or steel-toed boots, gloves, and protective eyewear. When rules regarding PPE are not enforced in work zones, it can lead to an increased likelihood of a severe injury.
#4. Be Aware of “Blind Spots”
Blind spots are not just on a car, and many work zones can have several that make it harder to see potential hazards, especially on roadways. In a work zone, these are loosely defined as spaces not visible to the operator of a vehicle or equipment and can include other machinery, the structure being worked on, and more.
The same general rule on work zones applies as it does on the road—if you cannot see the operator, they cannot see you.
Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
As construction begins to pick up around the spring and summer, workers should be aware of what could become hazardous on the job. If you become injured, we have your back when it comes to workers’ compensation representation. Schedule your free consultation with a member of our team by calling (770) 741-2825 today.