Did you know that between 1995-1999, there were approximately 362 construction-related falls each year that resulted in fatality? In addition, more than 4,200 workers were killed on the job in 2011. Although it is difficult to asses construction safety risks, safety training and equipment can help prevent on-the-job fatalities from occurring. As a result, there are several benefits of providing workers with the proper safety equipment and training.
1. Safety training. This type of training is a practical way to teach construction workers how to stay safe at work. In fact, nearly all construction companies are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, to train their employees in trip, slip, and fall safety. Additionally, crane safety training is often implemented to teach workers how to use cranes safely and efficiently. By providing employees with OSHA fall protection training and crane safety training, they will learn how to stay safe in the workplace.
2. Safety equipment. Although the proper training can help teach workers how to stay safe, accidents still occur. As a result, construction workers also need all the proper safety equipment. Fall protection equipment, for example, helps prevent workers from falling from high elevations. This equipment often consists of harnesses, shock-absorbing lanyards, and body belts, and these are all essential pieces of equipment that every construction worker must have. By obtaining the right safety equipment, the risk of accidents will decrease.
Although accidents often occur in the workplace, the number of construction-related deaths decreased by about 200 from 2008 to 2013, and this can be partly attributed to the proper safety guidance. Safety training and equipment, for example, can both help keep workers safe. By providing your employees with this safety preparation and support, you can help prevent on-the-job injuries from occurring.