The pool and spa industry is extremely labor intensive. Accidents can and do happen, and workers in the pool and spa contractor sectors are at risk of various potential dangers. Workers often suffer injuries from manual handling incidents, struck by accidents caused by poor housekeeping or material movement, and slip and fall incidents at the construction site.
Manual Handling, Physical Stress Incidents
Even with powered vehicles for excavations, workers in the pool and spa industry continue to rely on moving materials manually, often due to tight spaces. Workers suffer injuries when reinforcing material, piping, grout, tile, and other materials used in the construction process.
Workers also manually move raw materials from delivery trucks and throughout the construction site.
Struck-By or Struck-Against Incidents
Because workers are constantly moving large quantities of raw materials manually, they suffer injuries as a result of contact with moving objects. Injuries also occur from moving materials with powered vehicles.
If, in addition, there is poor construction site housekeeping, workers are susceptible to struck-by or struck-against incidents.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Because of the nature of the construction site, and the terrain that contractors work on, workers often suffer injuries due to slips, trips and falls. Between uneven terrain during excavations, and wet surfaces, caution is required.
Worker Safety Practices
With fewer people joining the pool and spa sectors, this has resulted in less experienced and educated workers entering the field. New and inexperienced workers in the industry means more accidents will happen.
To counter this trend, companies can implement worker safety practices, like employee safety training; ensuring workers use appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) and tools; quality control and project management techniques; and advising workers to adopt a long-term approach to their health, especially with consistent heavy lifting of materials.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
Pool company workers often grind galvanized steel to remediate pool wall rust. This process requires parts of the metal to exceed 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Without proper PPE, workers can suffer short and long-term injuries.
Additionally, contractors working in and around swimming pools should always use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) plugs for all tools. This device turns off electricity in the event a current is detected on the ground wire of the circuit, in order to prevent electrocution.
Employee Safety Training
Implementing safety programs that raise employee safety awareness can aid in minimizing accidents. Workers should also be educated on how to properly handle chemicals and use resistant gloves and respirators.
Workers should be reminded that if they need assistance lifting heavy objects, they should always ask for help and remember their limits.
Pool and spa companies typically have written policies for quality, with clearly-outlined responsibilities for the job manager and their team. This includes who should conduct inspections to ensure adherence to codes.
Contractors should document key activities of quality control, which should include a list of used and approved materials, along with inspection results.
Your safety and well-being should be the top priority of your employer. Preventable accidents are inexcusable.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers of McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Injured Workers
If you have suffered an injury at a pool or spa construction site, contact a Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC to help you recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and future medical bills.
Our office is centrally-located in downtown Philadelphia near public transit. We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Contact a member of a team at 215-569-8488 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.