Representatives of Honeywell Industrial Safety have laid out the five leading safety hazards for construction workers during the summer. Employees and employers alike in New Jersey will want to know what these are so that they can address them accordingly.
First is the danger of heat-induced fatigue. Fatigue can affect workers' judgment, concentration and reaction times. Second is heat-related illness, which includes conditions like heat rash and heat stroke. The solutions to both overlap. Employers should provide mandatory breaks in the shade and plenty of liquids. When jobs are physically demanding, supervisors should cycle workers in and out.
The third hazard is dehydration. Since many workers find water boring, employers may want to consider putting out electrolytic beverages. Even adding a lemon slice to water can help encourage water consumption. Fourth, workers are at a high risk for conditions related to sun exposure like sunburns and, in the long run, skin cancer. It's especially important to protect the ears and the back of the neck.
Roadside construction is another risk. Work zones, according to NIOSH, lead to nearly 100 deaths and over 20,000 injuries every year. Barriers should clearly identify the zone, and signs should be posted with a reduced speed limit. As with any other hazard, employers must provide adequate safety training.
When a workplace accident occurs, the question of who was at fault is usually irrelevant. Even ig employers did all they could to maintain a safe environment, then victims still have the option of filing for workers' compensation benefits. These can cover medical bills and a part of the wages they lose during their recovery. Victims may face opposition, though, so it may be a good idea to have legal assistance throughout the process.