The majority of working environments contain some safety hazards. Thankfully, most people go about their day without being injured. However, injuries do occur, and they are not as rare as you might think.
Construction workers are exposed to a number of risks through working from heights, operating heavy machinery and being exposed to dangerous substances. Also, employees in the construction industry face a significant risk of electrocution.
Construction work typically involves the use of tools and equipment that are electrically powered. There are a number of ways that such items can become damaged and therefore hazardous. It is imperative that any faulty equipment be removed from active operation. One way to stay on top of tool safety is to carry out frequent checks. Failure to do so can be catastrophic for workers.
There are certain areas on a site that might be difficult to access. For instance, the highest points on buildings may be out of reach. In such cases, the use of extension cords may help overcome these obstacles. Nonetheless, it is important that the appropriate types of extensions are used. Extension cords designed for the domestic setting may not be able to handle the wear and tear of construction work.
Overhead power lines
By far the greatest threat of electrocution comes from overhead power lines. The currents that run through such facilities frequently can exceed 10,000 volts. Thus, an entanglement with them might be fatal. It could be the case that power lines are deactivated while work is ongoing, but this should never be presumed. The potential dangers from power lines are so severe that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has implemented strict guidelines about the distances that should be kept from them.
It is vital to keep yourself safe as a construction worker in Illinois. If you have been injured at work, make sure that you get the workers’ compensation to which you’re entitled.