Construction workers endure an unacceptable number of injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014 in the United States. This equates to an average of 92 deaths per week or 13 deaths per day.
The vast majority of these deaths and injuries were preventable. Although proper training and supervision are critical for construction site safety, perhaps the most important precaution is using the proper equipment.
Unfortunately, some construction site supervisors do not provide the necessary safety gear – and workers suffer the consequences. If you were injured on a construction site in Mississippi, contact Moris Bart, LTD.
You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical expenses, and noneconomic damages. A Biloxi injury lawyer from our firm will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Here is a brief overview of protective gear you should be wearing on a construction site:
Eye and Face Protection
Your eyes and face are extremely vulnerable and susceptible to injuries on construction sites. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, workers should wear face shields or safety glasses whenever they are doing tasks that can cause foreign objects to enter their eyes. These tasks include welding, cutting, nailing, grinding, and working with harmful chemicals or concrete.
Construction works should wear the appropriate footwear at all times, such as steel-toed boots or non-slip shoes. Puncture-resistant soles can also protect the toes and undersides of workers’ feet.
Workers should wear gloves that fit snugly and are appropriate for the tasks they are performing. This will prevent cuts and amputation.
There are specific gloves designed for different jobs such as welding and electric work. Make sure the pair you wear are ideal for the tasks you are completing.
According to OSHA, workers should wear hard hats whenever there is a risk of falling objects, bumps or accidental head contact with electrical hazards. It is important to purchase hard hats that meet state safety requirements.
Workers should routinely inspect their hard hats for cracks, dents, or wear and tear. If a hard had is subject to a severe blow or electrical shock, the worker should replace it.
Safety equipment can prevent accidents and injuries, but even responsible workers are vulnerable on construction sites. If you were injured at work, contact a personal-injury lawyer in Biloxi from Morris Bart, LTD.
We will handle the legal aspects of your workers’ compensation claim so you can focus on recovery. Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 30 years, and we have the knowledge and resources to represent your interests. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.