As we tilt our head back to admire the enormous buildings that venture out above the clouds, we must be mindful of how they were constructed. Construction workers face the possibility of countless dangerous scenarios every day on the job. Working in close proximity to large utility vehicles, exposed wiring and pipes, and in some cases, with faulty safety equipment, it is no wonder that the men and women working in construction sites face constant imminent danger in the workplace. Organizations like OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are responsible for conducting multiple studies and investigations to conclude that work environments are held to a high standard.
Construction sites are not exactly zen gardens of any sort. They can be muddled with pollution, noise and environmental, and filled with unsafe areas that could potentially injure workers. Nearly everything in these construction sites is usually sharp, hot, or could potentially collapse leaving workers injured and projects delayed. In order for these jobs to be done efficiently and safely, there are organizations such as OSHA that are responsible for mandating policy and codes to keep workers safe. In tragic events, particularly one in Boston, Massachusetts, we can see the potential dangers that threaten our construction workers in every single project. Sadly, a man working in what was deemed a safe environment was horrifically crushed by an unstable wall during construction. The man was loved by family and friends and was known to be a builder at heart. His early departure from the living is due mostly in part to the unsafe conditions that he was working under. After the event, an investigation by OSHA was conducted in order to determine the exact catalyst. In an unrelated study, OSHA claimed that 88% of construction workers have been injured by moving machinery. This outrageously high figure only further proves just how dangerous these projects can be for workers and anyone involved. The family of the man killed in Boston has become very public with this accident and urges OSHA and the construction company to enact policies that would prevent such an event from happening again. This is a noble plan of action considering that the fatal injury rate for the construction sector is higher than any other industry.
Although OSHA has spent many years attempting to prevent catastrophic accidents like this from happening there is still a plethora of work to be done. Thankfully technological innovation in the forms of automated machinery, precision instruments such as lasers and other sensors, and drone systems that give full vantage points are leading the way to create safer construction sites for workers. The instruments of the future will ultimately be the remedy for workplace disasters such as the events in Boston.
To summarize, construction sites are generally very hazardous areas. One should be cautious, alert, and always adorned with proper safety gear when entering these environments. Accountability from OSHA and the construction company is vital to the success and integrity of each construction project. Cumulatively onsite managers, crew, and supervisors must keep open communication while executing their constructive duties. Likewise, these companies must remain in communication with organizations like OSHA and emerging technology to ensure safer work sites.