There is no shortage of incidents where workers in the construction industry suffer injury or death while on the job. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “workers in construction incurred the most fatal injuries of any industry in the private sector in 2009”. OSHA rates construction safety as one of it’s top concerns citing the BLS statistics which indicate construction site fatalities are higher than any other single industry sector.
Faced with these facts, many might assume all construction jobs are dangerous. While there is an inherent danger in the type of work performed by construction workers, there are also plenty of precautions and safety measures which reduce the danger to workers in the industry. An article appearing online at HenriettaPost.com touches on this topic with Mike Relf of West Henrietta Road’s Riccelli Trucking. Relf states, “frequent safety meetings and case-by-case safety instructions are pivotal to the outfit’s workplace safety. It’s not because of incidents we’ve had, but it’s because of something small that has happened or it’s precautionary to prevent bad things before its happened.”
Construction site safety is once again in the spotlight after an employee for Southland Contracting died in a recent tunnel accident. Working in a tunnel below Lake Ontario, the worker was struck by a locomotive carrying debris. According to the article, the worker had yet to be identified and work was suspended as OSHA conducts an investigation.
This tragic accident reminds workers, employers and the agencies in charge of workplace safety of the dangers associated with construction work. Although tunnel accidents are less common than other areas of construction, the potential for injuries or fatalities still exists.