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What actions may prevent further injury on a construction site?

On Behalf of | May 24, 2022 | Construction Accidents

Construction sites can be dangerous. If someone gets hurt on the job, it could constitute a medical emergency. However, just because a single worker has sustained an injury does not mean the hazard that caused the injury is gone. It is possible that other workers or observers could sustain harm or even die due to the cause of the initial accident.

According to Construction Exec, the supervisors on site should take appropriate actions to preserve the safety of others following a worker injury. Construction accidents may happen for various reasons, so corrective action must address the specific hazard involved.

Remove electricity risks

An electric shock can result in severe burns and internal body damage, so if a worker suffered an accident from electricity, workers should make sure the electrical source does not pose a threat to other individuals on the site. One way is to switch off the power so that the instrument that produced the electricity, such as a powerline, is no longer live.

Address other injury dangers

It is possible an accident happened because of a crane or a forklift. If this is the case, supervisors on the scene may have to remove the vehicle from the area. In the event unsafe terrain like a collapsed trench injured a worker, other workers may fence off the dangerous location to prevent others from entering it until the construction supervisors can secure the area.

Clear a path for the injured worker

Construction sites often involve heavy machinery and other large obstacles, so supervisors on the scene should assess how to move a hurt worker from a dangerous location. It may come down to removing enough heavy objects to permit workers or emergency responders to remove the injured worker from the area without risking further injury.

Corrective actions following a construction accident may prevent more harm from occurring. In the event of successive injuries on a construction site, the parties responsible for the site may have to answer questions about how they handled safety at the location, which could indicate possible negligence if the safety procedures were inadequate.

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