On March 8, a man was killed in a construction accident in Summerfield. The man walked into the path of excavator and was struck by the counterweight. If your job requires you to work with or around heavy equipment, your safety, as well as the safety of those around you, should be a top priority. Be sure to take the following safety precautions when working around heavy equipment:
- Make sure you were properly trained in how to use the equipment before using it. Being untrained or improperly trained could be a danger to you or others around you.
- Always use equipment in an appropriate manner. This includes not taking shortcuts to try to get a job done quicker or playing around with heavy equipment.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Do not walk in the path of any heavy equipment, even if you assume the equipment operator sees you and will avoid hitting you.
- When operating heavy equipment, do so carefully. Watch for coworkers who may not be paying attention. Stop using the equipment if someone walks unsafely close to your equipment.
- Always wear the appropriate safety gear, even if you are only working near dangerous equipment for a short time. This may include things such as a hard hat, goggles, gloves, earplugs, and steel-toed shoes.
- Always check equipment to make sure it is safe to use. This should be done at least daily. If the equipment is at all faulty, do not use it. Report the defective equipment to a supervisor or someone else in charge.
- When working on scaffolding, do so safely. Make sure the structure is secure and that you are using the proper safety equipment so if you do slip, you will not suffer a horrific fall. Also, make sure all equipment is secure so it will not fall on others.
Unfortunately, even if you are trying to be a safe worker, accidents on the job happen. If you or a family member was injured at work, contact us. A work injury lawyer will provide you with a free case evaluation.