Safety on the Job: Personal Protective Equipment and Construction Work
Anyone who has worked in a construction job understands just how dangerous these types of jobs can be. The use of heavy equipment, working at heights, handling power tools and working in all kinds of weather conditions are just a few of the hazards associated with this industry.
Because the risks of injuries are high in this type of profession, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strictly regulated safety issues in all types of construction, industrial and manufacturing sites. One of the largest regulations they enforce is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Personal protective equipment includes the following items:
• Eye and Face Protection: These items must be worn at all times that there is a potential for debris to hit the face or eyes. Debris does not have to be large to qualify for protection.
• Foot Protection: Includes steel-toed shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles. For some industries, electricity proof shoes may be a necessity.
• Hand Protection: Workers should wear snug fitting gloves per their position. Wearing the right gloves is also necessary. Welders should wear welding gloves, insulated gloves for electrical work, etc..
• Head Protection: Hard hats should be worn at all times in a construction setting. Hats that have suffered any damage should be immediately replaced.
• Hearing Protection: Earplugs or headphones should be used at all times in high noise level areas.
Are Employers Required to Provide PPE?
In most cases, employers are only required to enforce the use of personal protection equipment. Many employers, however, provide some of the equipment as part of the job.
Your employer is obligated to provide you with a list of safety equipment that you must use while you are on the job. They will tell you during the hiring process what items you are responsible for, such as having steel-toed shoes and the proper work gloves, and what they will provide, such as hard hats and face shields.
It is the duty and responsibility of the management or owners of the construction site to make sure that PPE is always in use by all employees. Failure to do so can make them liable for any injuries received by the employee on the worksite.
What to Do If You are Injured at Work on a Construction Site
If you have been injured while you are on the job due to failure or lack of safety equipment, it is in your best interest to speak with a worker’s compensation attorney about your right to receive benefits. Although the worker’s compensation system is supposed to be geared toward helping injured employees, it is often filled with obstacles that cause undue hardships to those already suffering from being injured.
Contact a Texas Workers’ Compensation Attorney to Help You Get the Benefits You Deserve
Attorney Donald S. Fair has been aggressively representing injured employees since 1991 by securing for them the benefits they are entitled to from the worker’s compensation insurance. If you believe that your rights as an injury victim have been violated, call California workers’ compensation attorney Donald S. Fair at (909) 344-3011 to arrange for a free case evaluation.