How to stay safe on a construction site
Contractors in Georgia and elsewhere are generally required to make construction sites as safe as possible for their workers. However, there are steps that you can take to minimize the risk of getting hurt on the job. Those steps include wearing a hard hat and ensuring that you know how to properly climb a ladder.
Don’t start work until fall protection equipment is in place
You are encouraged to avoid any areas where fall protection equipment, such as safety nets or guardrails, are not available. Furthermore, if you are using a personal fall arrest system, be sure to inspect it before going on a job site.
Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear
If you are working on or near a scaffold, you will need to wear a hard hat. It is also a good idea to wear boots with anti-skid soles to minimize the risk of slipping or falling while working on a scaffold.
Tips for using a ladder properly
A ladder should be securely tied down to minimize the chances of it falling or sliding while it’s in use. It is also a good idea to keep at least one hand on it at all times while climbing. Finally, you should never attempt to exceed its weight limit. Ideally, you’ll use a belt or rope to haul tools or other materials to an elevated work area.
If you are hurt on a construction site, you may be entitled to temporary or permanent workers’ compensation benefits. This may be true even if you’re partially responsible for the events that led to an accident. An attorney may be able to assist in the process of filing a claim. In the event that your claim is denied, legal counsel may help you appeal that decision.