We get it, you’ve completed your safety training and you know about all the common construction site dangers. But the longer you’re on a site, the less dangerous that bulldozer or heavy crane may seem. In 2017 alone, there were 6,147 fatal work injuries, with those in construction accounting for 47% of worker deaths.1
Safety doesn’t take a break and staying on top of common dangers can keep hazards at bay. So, it’s always a good idea to refresh yourself on construction site hazards, such as the equipment that can be dangerous for you or your workers. So get your hard hat on, because we’re exploring dangerous construction equipment and tips for staying safe.
Construction Site Dangers – Heavy Equipment
Heavy equipment makes up some of the most dangerous machines around your site. The heavier the equipment, the more likely it can cause injury that is often fatal. Dangerous heavy equipment on construction sites include:
- Dump Trucks
These items carry risks in terms of malfunction, toppling, and force. Workers who are too close to the equipment while it is in use may be struck or run over by the equipment, resulting in serious injury. Extra caution when this equipment is in use is crucial to preventing dangers. As a part of OSHA and DOB training, all workers will learn proper safety procedures when interacting with this equipment.
While heavy equipment is responsible for many injuries, our team also addresses fall hazards when providing construction safety consulting in New York. Higher buildings and scaffolding all carry risks of falling, with fatal falls at their highest level in decades.1 Safety training and refreshers on safety protocol can help keep fall hazards to a minimum.
Safety Consultants Helping You
At The Safety Group, we offer safety training and consulting services to help ensure your site is as safe as possible. We can help workers and safety managers mitigate risk through proper equipment procedures alongside hazard prevention. Contact us today to learn more.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Census Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary