Construction sites pose a lot of danger not only on construction workers but also on non-construction workers including pedestrians. As one of the most dangerous workplaces, it is important for employers to ensure the safety of their workplace. Abel Law Firm reveals that people do not always behave responsibly even in the face of danger. Unfortunately, the negligence of these employers can put even pedestrians in danger.
Statistics reveal that every year 100 pedestrians die in the United States as a result of construction site accidents and others seriously injured. The most common cause of pedestrian accidents in a construction site is falling object. Here are some of the most common reasons injuries to pedestrians often occur:
1. Insufficient Signage. Employers must provide adequate warnings to pedestrians. Without it, passersby may not become aware that there is construction going on. It is the job of the construction firm to ensure that they have signages.
2. Not enough barricades. Likewise, the construction sites must be surrounded by barricades to ensure that pedestrians are kept safe from potential hazards.
3. Failure to secure tools and equipment. Most injuries are caused by tools that fall down because they are not properly secured. It is the job of construction workers to properly secure tools and equipment if they are working above an area where pedestrians are prominent.
4. Failure to check and maintain equipment. Cranes and other equipment require regular inspection and maintenance. Defective equipment should be replaced right away or else the construction company can be held liable if someone gets injured.
Construction firms not only have a duty of care to their workers but also to the surrounding areas. It is their job to keep the environment safe or else they could find themselves in a tough legal battle.