Green jobs are jobs associated with building technology that is intended to benefit the environment. This can include jobs associated with building more fuel-efficient and lower-emission cars, or construction jobs associated with “green” buildings and homes. Green initiatives are everywhere in the news right now.
Builders are focusing on housing that is more environmentally friendly. Such housing can include designs that consider the environmental surrounding, better methods of creating energy efficiency, and solar panels.
New Construction Methods and Materials Can Put Workers at Risk
Green construction projects can include, in addition to solar panel installation, wind turbines, green roofs, and installing new forms of insulation and weather-sealing.
Green construction is a fast-developing industry, and some of the construction methods are different than previous methods, requiring workers to learn new skills. When workers are outside of their comfort zone this could increase the incidence of accidents.
Many green projects may be fast-tracked, since it is an emerging field, and people want to rush to be the first in the area with a certain green technology or green building. When projects are novel or rushed, this could also increase the possibility for mistakes and accidents.
One way to prevent accidents is to ensure that workers are properly trained in the newest areas of green building techniques and safety advances.
Some Statistics Show Increased Risk
A recent study in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management found that there are increased risks to workers who are involved in green construction projects. The study concluded that there was a 36 percent increase in injury resulting from construction material, and an increase of 24 percent in falls.
One area that could be of particular concern is that there is an increase of 14 percent in injuries associated with exposure to hazardous substances. This seems counter-intuitive to “green” projects. However, many solar panels contain Cadmium Telluride, which is a known carcinogen that must be handled in a particular way in order to reduce the risk of injury.
Processes That Can Reduce Risks
As the green industry is beginning to grow, a key concept to implement in order to reduce injuries and accidents is to make sure that the processes associate with green construction are designed with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) “Prevention through Design.”
This is a concept which concentrates on designing equipment and processes in a way that reduces hazards. This is the best time for the industry to consider this concept, since the green construction industry is just beginning to gain momentum. This concept includes various types of specific training, hazard elimination, and thoughtful placement of materials on the construction sites at the outset.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Can Assist If You Have Been Hurt While Working on the Job
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, whether the job was associated with the green industry or another industry, you may be entitled to a recovery from your employer in addition to any other type of insurance award. In order to assess your case, you can contact the Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC for a free consultation by filling out an online form or calling 215-569-8488. We have offices in Philadelphia, Media, and Abington, Pennsylvania in addition to our offices in Wilmington, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.