Construction company owners, contractors and project managers are responsible for the safety and health of their employees. Thousands of workers suffer injuries in construction accidents nationwide each year, including New Hampshire. The list of potential hazards these workers face is endless, but some are more common and cause preventable injuries.
Losing a loved one is always a traumatic experience, but when it happens during the holidays, it seems even worse. Such a tragedy hit the family of a 41-year-old man who lost his life in an on-the-job accident on a recent Tuesday morning. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation, just as the agency does for all construction accidents in which workers lose their lives.
Housekeeping on construction sites is as necessary as in any other industry in New Hampshire. Neglecting this aspect can lead to preventable construction accidents. Employers who establish rigorous housekeeping protocols are typically those with excellent safety records.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the recent death of a New Hampshire man. The 51-year-old Concord man had been an employee of a family-owned company for about 20 years. Catastrophic construction accidents are not unfamiliar for the owners of this company because the former owner suffered a fall some years ago that left him unresponsive for three months; however, he regained some speech and mobility after extensive rehabilitation.
Falls make up a significant percentage of all the workplace fatalities in New Hampshire. Although falls can occur in any setting, from an office to an oil rig, many lives are lost due to falls in construction accidents. Climbing a ladder can be as hazardous as working at an elevation of 80 feet. The Bureau of Labor Statistics published data that indicates fall-related days off work involved both falls to lower levels and on same levels.
In June of each year, the National Safety Council asks businesses nationwide, including in New Hampshire, to focus on their overall preparedness to deal with emergencies. This means that a construction company must look beyond construction accidents, and ensure the safety of employees in situations such as flooding, wildfires, mudslides, equipment malfunctions, chemical leaks, building fires and more. Every business must have an established evacuation plan, which must be practiced at least once every year.
Construction workers in New Hampshire face numerous life-threatening hazards whenever they step onto their work sites. One of the dangers that cause significant numbers of construction accidents involves mechanical equipment such as forklifts. They are present on almost all construction sites, and the risks they pose are not always recognized.