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Prioritizing safety in the construction industry
Timothy Shay

Construction sites can be some of the most dangerous places to work. There is moving equipment, power tools, working from heights and various people doing different tasks at the same time. Accidents can happen because of all of these things and because of a lack of safety measures. Safety and the well-being of Illinois workers should be a priority on every type of jobsite.

Safety starts at the top. It is the responsibility of your employer to make sure you are as safe as reasonably possible when doing your job. Construction may be risky, but it is possible to reduce the chance of accidents and serious injuries on jobsites. Additionally, construction workers who do experience injuries should know how they can get help and seek support during their recovery.

Practical safety steps

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certain regulations regarding safety on construction sites, but employers should not stop there. It is beneficial to create an entire culture of safety, making it a priority to promote safety measures and increase awareness. Some ways employers can do this include:

  • Communication — Before starting a project or introducing a new task, workers should know the risks and how they can avoid problems. Regular updates, daily reminders and increased communication with the workers can reduce accidents.
  • Training — Construction is not easy work, and workers should receive appropriate training for certain tasks. They also should receive training on the proper use of safety equipment and accident reduction.
  • Safety equipment — The provision of safety equipment is crucial for certain tasks. For example, individuals working from heights should receive harnesses and fall prevention equipment.

These are only a few examples of how site managers and employers can keep workers safe on jobsites. Each job and construction crew is different, and safety plans should be suited to the details and circumstances of the individual situation.

In the event of an accident 

Even with all of the proper safety measures in place, you could still suffer injuries in a construction site accident. If this happens to you, you could seek benefits and support through a workers’ compensation claim. These benefits could provide what you need to address your medical bills, recover some of your lost wages and get the help you need to rehabilitate and return to work. You employer cannot prevent you from seeking help or retaliate against you for filing an insurance claim for your injuries.