According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, in 2019, there are 1,061 fatalities for construction and special trade contractors. That’s a 5% increase from 2007. It is quite alarming to note that the number 1 cause of these fatalities is transportation related, followed by falls, slips, and trips. Construction sites provide a gateway to all accidents which can be life-threatening therefore strict safety practices are most important. It does take a village to do this therefore awareness not only within the industry is needed but also of the people around it. In this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week, they highlight the importance of safety driving in and around the job site.
Driving near and within the site calls for undivided attention. Signs and personnels are in place for a reason. If you’ll think about it, it’s not just one or two lives we’re saving here. It includes the lives of the people, the families, the kids, who are depending on them. Aside from having signs and protective gears, a safety huddle is one of the best practices that needs to be strictly implemented. Everyday, before anything else, an update of what’s going on in the job site, where everything is at, is significant in making sure everyone is on the same page. It aims to reduce the possibilities of accidents that can be avoided.
In an article featured in For Construction Pros, they have a discussion of how we can maintain safety in and out of the construction site plus the importance of being involved in the National Work Zone Awareness Week has been put together for everyone’s consumption. They write, “Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility. It takes contractors, engineers and traffic control plan supervisors to properly plan and design the work zones; flaggers to guide the public through the work zones; drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to remain alert and pay attention while entering and driving through the work zones; and local and state government, area police and emergency responders to help ensure that everyone goes home safe at the end of the day. “