Falling objects, live electrical wires and working at heights are a few of the hazards that you might encounter while working on a Connecticut construction site. Getting caught between objects is another common hazard that may occur if you ignore safety rules or if your supervisor fails to create a safety plan. Fortunately, there are ways that you may be able to minimize your risk of getting hurt while on the job.
Use personal protective equipment
While working at heights, you should wear a safety harness or other types of fall suspension equipment. If you are working in an area where falling objects may be a hazard, you will want to wear a hard hat or other items that can protect your head, neck or other sensitive areas.
Make sure that power sources are properly grounded
Electrocutions may be prevented by ensuring that machines are not energized before they are locked out or tagged out. It may also be possible to minimize the risk of electrocutions by ensuring that circuits are set to turn themselves off if they get too hot or if other hazards are detected. In some cases, simply staying a sufficient distance from a power line or other energized object may be enough to prevent a serious injury that might result in a workers’ compensation claim.
Always pay attention to your surroundings
If you see a large machine coming your way, get out of its path. This is especially true if it’s moving backwards or is carrying a large load. In either scenario, there is a chance that you could get caught between the machine and a wall or get stuck under a truck that has tipped over.
A workplace injury may require you to miss work or to exit the workforce entirely. A workers’ compensation award will likely help you recoup lost wages and ensure that your medical care is paid for.