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Top 3 Most Common Construction Accidents (and How they can be Avoided)

September 6th, 2013

By: Steve

1. Slips, Trips, and Falls
According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 36 percent of deaths in the construction industry in 2012 could be traced to slips, trips, and falls. Potential hazardous conditions to be aware of include: floor holes, improper scaffolding construction, steel rebars that are unguarded or protruding, and unsecure ladders.

How to Avoid These Accidents:

Secure the Site. Make sure your construction site is secure. Cover holes in your floor, check that ladders are sturdy, read the manufacturers’ guidelines before constructing scaffolds, put caps over protruding rebars, and make sure your equipment has guardrails. If your equipment doesn’t, be sure there is a safety net system in place.

Stay focused. It’s easy to daydream and vacation plan on the job. Don’t! Staying focused is key to preventing, slips, trips, and falls. Make sure to get a good night sleep each work night and keep hydrated so concentrating when operating your rental equipment is easier.

Stay agile. Your first thought of the day, before using any rental equipment, should be to stretch and get your blood flowing. Warmed up quick twitch muscle fibers can save your life if you start to trip and fall.

2. Electrocutions

An OSHA report stated that there are close to 350 electrical related fatalities each year on construction sites. They can result from contact with power lines to using rental equipment the wrong way.

How to Avoid This Accident:

  • Ground all power supply systems.
  • Follow manufacturers’ guidelines for all your rental equipment that requires electricity.
  • Make sure all GFCI’s are working properly and use proper extension cords for the job at hand, checking them continuously to watch for wear and tear.

3. Improper Use of Power Tools and Construction Equipment

A backhoe is a backhoe is a backhoe—not true. Every backhoe has a different swing radius and without being aware of your model’s particular span, the potential for harming a co-worker on your site increases. This is just one example of how important it is to know the rental equipment you’re operating.

How to Avoid This Accident:

Whether you’re operating a scissor lift, trencher, welder, or forklift, the safety rule remains the same: read the manufacturers’ guidelines on the equipment and complete the proper training before operating. See’s safety page for factsheets detailing safety recommendations for each piece of rental equipment we offer.

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