Some construction workers, such as carpenters, are exposed to more work hazards than others. Experienced or not, these workers can fall victim to some pretty serious accidents, so taking precautions is a must. Aside from building and repairing outside structures, carpenters work on bathrooms, kitchens, and other indoor assemblies.
Whether working on a residential home, a large building, or even a bridge or highway, these workers can face dangers on the job every single day. If a carpenter is injured at work, they may not be able to return for a long time. This is one reason why proper training and using the correct tools are paramount.
One of the first steps in promoting a safe work environment is keeping work areas clean and free of debris. Before and after work is initiated, a careful walkthrough and safety check should be completed. The area should be swept, cleaned up, and checked for dangers, such as protruding nails or exposed wires.
Every carpenter also needs to be highly alert when working. Being responsible for their own safety, as well as that of others, is the only frame of mind that will keep them safe.
Ensuring that equipment is in proper working order and well maintained is also highly important, as is using the right protective gear. This includes wearing hard hats and safety harnesses. Protective eye wear, slip-resistant shoe treads, and respirators also help reduce on-the-job carpentry accidents. Safety gloves should always be worn to protect hands from sharp edges, blades, and nails.
Back and Knee Protection
Carpenters that do a lot of heavy lifting can injure their backs, either through a one-time incident or over time. Cranes, hand trucks, hoists, and other load shifting tools should be used along with proper lifting techniques. These will all help to reduce back strain.
Carpenters who frequently kneel to work can suffer from arthritis and other painful knee conditions. Keeping the work at a waist-high level with a table, or using tools with extension handles are more comfortable, safer ways to complete the work.
Common Carpentry Accidents
Following these safety guidelines prevents accidents but does not eliminate them. Even veteran carpenters can become injured due to negligence from another party. Some of the most common accidents are due to mechanical error from faulty machinery; eye injuries can occur from debris or dust; loud noises like hammering or drills can also cause hearing damage.
Toxic substances on the job are another risk. Hazardous chemicals, solvents, noxious molds, and formaldehyde can be present in wood; some of these may even be carcinogenic. Falling from heights, being exposed to very hot or cold temperatures, lifting heavy items, and working in awkward positions over long periods of time also pose considerable risks to the worker.
There are many steps that should be taken to reduce the risk of injury to carpenters when they are at work, and employers are accountable for ensuring that their workers are safe. This includes providing gloves, goggles, safety boots, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Keeping machinery in good working condition and adhering to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards are also the employer’s duty.
Any carpenter who feels that they are working in unsafe conditions should stop their work immediately and contact their supervisor.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Injured Carpenters
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