One of the most hazardous work environments is the construction site! Working at construction sites is risky; accidents like falling from scaffolding, machinery malfunctions, or collapsing structures can cause major head injuries.
The brain is one of the most important organs in the body, and suffering from head injuries can be devastating and last a lifetime. While working at these sites is a lot safer today, workers continue to experience some of the highest risks of accidents and chronic injuries.
Researchers reported more than 2,200 workers’ death from 2003 to 2010 due to traumatic brain injuries. Employers and supervisors should not only ensure that everybody wears hard hats, but also take safety measures to avoid traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Here’s a guide to help you with what you can do to prevent head injuries:
Workers Need To Wear Personal Protective Gear
Two crucial factors to prevent head injuries:
- Identifying possible hazards
- Minimizing risks
Head injuries can occur because of workers struck by falling objects, falling from a good height, work areas with low clearance, and many other associated risks.
A job site with hanging objects, low passages, and walking into too many overhead obstacles is dangerous and can result in a severe head injury.
Thus, wearing protective gear like hard hats becomes crucial in workplaces where head injuries are possible. Today, hard hats are made to prevent penetration and impacts from falling objects. While this is the responsibility of an employer to provide PPE for their workers, workers should also remember to follow safety practices and be aware of mitigating the risks.
While personal protective equipment is of utmost importance, providing required training can’t be stressed enough. Since certain worksites involve heavy machinery and lifts, workers should know how to work around them.
Sometimes casual behavior of workers, for instance, not wearing helmets properly and not being careful, becomes a major cause of hazards and accidents. Proper training and aerial lift certification helps make the workers disciplined in terms of understanding the consequences of improper PPE.
Training also promotes a healthy and safe culture at job sites, which eventually makes a big difference from the worksite with untrained workers.
Consequently, supervisors and managers should set an example by making sure that they wear head protection all the time during work. Site Rules and regulations also have a critical role to play. There should be designated areas and zones that need the use of hard helmets, and employers should ensure that the rules are being followed.
Be Careful While Climbing on the Lift’s Platform
Falling from aerial lifts is pretty much common at construction sites as a result of workers getting injured. So, make sure that the mud and any other clutter around the work area are cleaned off before workers climb up to the equipment. Workers should wear gloves to ensure a good grip while they are grabbing on.
Workers should be careful while climbing onto the equipment; for instance, a three-point stance works great as it prevents them from losing their footing. Avoid stretching too much so that you can have a good grip on the handles. Also, they should not carry anything while they are getting up and down. Never jump down from the lifts, as they are where most accidents happen.
Every construction worker should remember that chances of hazards and accidents are always there while working at construction sites. Being cautious and attentive every minute of the day will promote a healthy and safe worksite!