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Safety Signs Improving

Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers discuss improvements in safety signs to help prevent construction accidents. Good signage saves lives. That is true in every aspect of life, from stop signs on streets to “Danger” signs on chemical containers.

In today’s high-tech world, signage is no longer limited to the printed words mounted on a wall or other item. Safety signs are improving because they are becoming digital, and additionally able to track and present data.

Construction work is among the most dangerous of occupations, and proper signage is vital.

The Evolution of Safety Signage

Although it is likely that some form of safety signage has existed ever since most workers were literate – which in many parts of the world may not have occurred until the 19th or even early 20th century – official safety signage did not begin until 1914 in the United States. Back then, the Workers’ Compensation Bureau promoted the use of “Danger” signs in factories, with the signs created in the language or languages primarily spoken by the workers.

However, this was a recommendation, and no standards were determined until years later.

By 1941, the American Standards Association (ASA) published a specification for industrial accident prevention signs, which introduced the now standard formats for “Danger,” “Caution,” “Exit,” and other signage with which we are all familiar. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted this standard in 1971, and it still exists today.

Symbol Signs

In the 1970s and ‘80s, the symbol signs became commonplace. Rather than use language, which is inherently limiting to those not fluent in a particular tongue, the symbols got the message through to workers who may not understand or read English.

The ASA has since morphed into the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and signage standards for the workplace are reviewed every five to six years.

In 2007, ANSI announced it would work in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization (IOS), so that symbolic signage will appear in a universal format worldwide.

Custom Signage

The digital age means managers no longer must rely on paper signage to get the message across, and custom signage designed for specific events and purposes is easily made.

Because every jurisdiction has it own laws, such customization is vital when what is permissible in one municipality, for example, is not allowed in the adjacent town.

Custom signage means employers can tailor their safety signage for their companies’ and workers’ individual needs.

The New Power of Signage

Signs are no longer just limited to giving workers information about a dangerous area. Digital signs can track noise volume and remind workers to wear ear protection if the noise rises above a predetermined level.

Because workers are more likely to notice signs in certain colors or fonts, signage is quickly created with visibility in mind. As technology advances, expect even more improvements in signage.

Better signage translates into fewer accidents on the job.

Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Injured Construction Workers

If you or a loved one was seriously injured at a construction site, you need the services of the Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. Call us today at 215-569-8488 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation. We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, including PhiladelphiaDelaware County and Chester County, as well as across Delaware and New Jersey.