Whether you work in construction, plan on working in construction in the future, or have a loved one in construction, here are a few facts that you need to know about safety in construction.
1. Between the years of 1995 and 1999, there were an average of 362 construction related falls each year. All of which resulted in fatality. This number has gone down slightly as a direct result of construction safety courses and more in depth fall protection training.
2. Did you know that an astonishing 4,209 workers were killed on the job in 2011? Not all of these were from falls, but better and more consistent fall protection equipment and rigging safety training can help to prevent such a high number in the future.
3. Hard hats and steel toe boots are necessary for basic safety during any construction job. Construction safety courses are necessary for more advanced and complicated construction jobs.
4. Construction safety risks are increasingly difficult to assess. This is due to the fact that each one is different from the next and new and advancing construction techniques bring with them new and more complicated safety concerns.
5. Construction related accidents often occur because of faulty, substandard equipment and inadequate safety training.