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Ten Safety Precautions for Masonry Work

Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers

Masons are particularly susceptible to construction accidents, due to the nature of masonry work. Some hazards that masons are exposed to regularly, include:

Tips to prevent slips & falls on construction sites
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Falling heavy objects
  • Collapsing or cave-in of excavations
  • Collapse or cave-in of walls
  • Sharp or protruding objects, like a plank with nails in it
  • Contact with and exposure to extreme temperatures
  • Electrical shocks
  • Exposure to noxious chemicals
  • Over-exposure to building dust
  • Moving, lifting, or carrying heavy objects

Safety Precautions Can Reduce Workplace Injuries

To address these hazards, masons should employ the following preventive measures when working on construction sites:

  • Install sturdy work surfaces, so that they will not collapse/break, and so no person or object may fall from them. Work surfaces should be fenced securely by strong upper, middle, and lower wood planks, and if necessary by additional fencing. All the openings and cavities must be fenced, and ladders should be safely positioned to prevent the ladder from slipping or folding.
  • Safety shoes with special anti-skid soles must be worn.
  • Wear additional personal body protection equipment (PPE) like safety helmets, shoes, goggles and the like.
  • Ensure work surfaces, passageways, and floors are clear of protruding nails, free wires, debris, and other potential hazards.
  • Avoid manual lifting of heavy loads and use mechanical lifting equipment. Always lift safely, or get help lifting for oversized objects.
  • Wear work clothes that are compatible with weather conditions. Wear gloves and safety outfits whenever handling hot or cold materials.
  • Drink enough water to avoid dehydration.
  • Always check the safety of your portable electric tools. Avoid using defective portable electric work tools that do not have proper insolation.
  • Minimize contact with harmful materials. Use products that protect skin, and wash hands thoroughly at the end of the work shift. Use coated cotton gloves instead of leather gloves when necessary.
  • Use respiratory protection equipment like respirators and air masks that are compatible with the specific type of air pollutant most likely present in your working environment.

Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers of McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Protect the Rights of Masons and Other Construction Workers

If you are a mason that has been injured in a construction accident, contact a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC for representation.

Our lawyers bring an individualized level of attention and commitment to every case. We understand the serious nature of construction injuries, as well as the consequences and challenges that come with them. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable legal team will fight to protect your rights, achieve justice and the maximum dollar recovery to which you are entitled. Call us at 215-569-8488 or contact us online for a free consultation. Conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, we have successfully obtained numerous multi-dollar settlements for clients in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.