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Construction workers should be protected from falling objects

As we discussed last week, construction workers are subjected to a variety of hazards on the job site. If you recall, we discussed the two construction workers who were injured by a falling ceiling. That post brings up the important point of employers protecting construction workers from falling object hazards.

There are several ways that employers can ensure that construction workers are protected from falling objects. If there is an area on the job site that is prone to falling objects, signs can be posted by that area to warn workers of the danger. This gives workers and others who are on the job site the opportunity to find a way around the falling object hazard.

Ensuring that workers have what they need to secure loads that are moved overhead and objects that might fall is vital. Properly securing these items can help to prevent hazards. Besides providing the items needed to secure loads, employers should also provide training to ensure that workers know the proper procedures for securing loads.

All construction workers who are working near falling objects hazards should have the proper protective gear. At a minimum, this means having steel toe shoes and a hard hat. All of the safety equipment provided must be in good repair and properly fit the worker.

When a construction worker is injured by a falling object, he or she might suffer a serious injury. The injury might require the individual to seek medical care and take time off of work, which can mean financial trouble. For this reason, injured construction workers might explore their options for seeking compensation for injuries.

Source: Safety Services Company, "Six Steps to Prevent Injuries from Falling Objects," accessed Aug. 06, 2015

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